Rails 2.0 was released to the web development community last month. The features and improvements list is long, but developers have highlighted the basics, such as faster performance, better XML and more feature laden action packs. Despite the Rails upgrade, many key figures have blasted Ruby on Rails as a failing technology. Zed Shaw, the creator of Mongrel, was one of the most outspoken when he called Rails itself "Ghetto" – amongst equally colorful descriptions of the development community. Some claim Rails peaked in 2007, with declining deployment statistics henceforth. Things are not entirely gloomy for Ruby on Rails, however, as Tim Brey, the director of web technologies at Sun, waxes positively on a Rails boom in 2008.
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