Rob Conery: Setting Up Rails on Your Mac for Microsofties

by Joey deVilla on November 17, 2011

Joey deVilla's MacBook Pro, with an IE9 sticker on it

Why, oh why, didn’t Rob Conery’s guide to setting up Rails on a Mac for Microsofties exist back in May? While I did fine following Cowboy Coded’s excellent guide to setting up Rails 3 on Snow Leopard useful (and hey, prior to joining Microsoft, I did Rails 1.x development), a ‘Softie-friendly guide from the other famous guy to leave Microsoft for the Rails world would’ve been nice. If you’re from the world of ASP.NET MVC development – or worse, plain old ASP.NET or worse still, oldie-von-moldie ASP – Rob does a pretty good job of giving you the background details on all those things that Rails developers use that you probably didn’t – XCode, Homebrew, Git, gems, bundles and so on.

Once you’ve followed Rob’s steps, all you’ll need to truly be a Rails-on-a-Mac developer is a fauxhawk and perhaps a fixie. I’ll refer you to my hipster stereotype coworker Edward for those subjects:

Photo of Edward Ocampo-Gooding in a Canada Goose parka, wearing a scarf, smoking a pipe and with an Xbox 360 achievement: "ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Maximum hipster level reached"

This article also appears in the Shopify Technology Blog.

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