Rails, the ever-evolving framework that powers countless web applications, has unveiled its latest version, Rails 7.1.

As a Rails enthusiast, I’m happy that this update holds a myriad of delightful improvements and additions that pique my curiosity.

ActiveRecord’s New Capabilities

One of the highlights of this release is the enhancements in ActiveRecord. The inclusion of normalization and tokenization indicates Rails’ commitment to strengthening its ORM capabilities. Even though there were existing workarounds (anyone familiar with the word gambiarra?) for composite primary keys, having native support directly within Rails is a commendable step forward.

Also the advancements in querying capabilities have made data retrieval more intuitive and efficient.

Async Queries and More

The broadened landscape of ‘async queries everywhere’ hints at a more performant future, allowing developers to harness the power of asynchronous operations more efficiently. The new perform_all_later method promise a more streamlined approach to handle multiple jobs. And on the security front, upgrades to has_secure_password should improve safety.

Say Hello to Bun

Javascript’s landscape in Rails gets a refreshing twist. With the introduction of Bun, Rails exhibits its adaptability and willingness to integrate with emerging tools. Adding --javascript=bun to your rails new app command is all it takes. Simplifying the integration of modern JS tools like this reaffirms Rails’ mission of ease and productivity.


But what is Bun? I know that Bun may still be just a new meme for most (me included). And if you look at official Bun web site, you’ll read it’s an “all-in-one toolkit” for Javascript. Well… I must admit I’m now curious to check what is it for real. Still, with Rails embracing it, it seems like something worth a closer look.

And amidst all this, I still have to check and try Hotwire and a few other things from the 7.0. OMG!

Little Joys in Release Notes

And while looking through the release notes, a smile inadvertently placed onto my face. It wasn’t just the mention of the famed ‘Harry Potter’ that caught my eye but the nod to “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It’s heartening to see one of my cherished reads referenced, underscoring the human touch behind technical documentation.


Looking Ahead

Each Rails release heralds the dawn of a new chapter, unfolding untapped possibilities and fresh insights. Something about it evokes a curious thought shared by Steve Baker regarding Ruby releases during Euruko 2023. If Ruby’s past releases felt like “Xmas as a child” and the recent ones resonate with the matured (though not so magical) joys of “Christmas as an adult,” then perhaps Rails releases still can carry that special enchantment — that sparkle that can still make us smile wide and bright, much like a child, regardless of how grown up we’ve become.

I eagerly dive back into the framework with the enthusiasm of a first encounter. Whether I’m navigating comprehensive articles like this and this or immersing myself in the details of the official notes, it’s an enlightening adventure filled with discoveries and “aha!” moments.

In conclusion, Rails 7.1 isn’t just a new version, it’s a vibrant celebration of the community’s innovation, passion, and unyielding drive for excellence.

Happy coding!