Ruby on Rails creator David Heinemeier Hansson has released version 3.1 of his open-source Web application development framework, adding new features that should speed the rendering of Web pages for users.
"This means a page that feels significantly faster because it's ready to use by the user sooner," Hansson said in a blog post earlier this year that discussed the feature. HTTP Streaming requires at least Ruby 1.9.2 and changes to the server software as well.
Also speeding performance is an optional feature called Identity Map. When a session pulls a record from a database, the software can hold that data in a cache, in case it is required again. If so, it can be passed to the user more quickly.
Ruby on Rails is an open-source framework for rapidly assembling Web pages, one based on the Ruby scripting language. At least 220,000 websites use this set of libraries, according to the Australian BuiltWith Trends Pro analysis service.