Web Development Template: Rails 3.1, HTML 5 Boilerplate, 960.gs

One of the best things about web development is that there are so many tools around to make the job easier.

One of the worst things about web development is that there are so many tools around, and they just don’t play well together.

Often, they’re not fighting publicly. Instead, they’re digging at each other passive-aggressively and making everyone’s life slightly unpleasant.

I’ve taken three of these tools and put them together in a directory and tried to smooth things over:

  • Ruby on Rails 3.1, a framework for developing web applications in Ruby;
  • Some useful Ruby Gems;
  • HTML5 Boilerplate, a template for creating web pages using the latest technologies and best practices; and
  • 960 Grid System, a set of CSS rules for laying out content on web pages in columns.

Putting these together isn’t difficult, and it’s not really a lot of work. But now you don’t have to do any of that. You can just clone the template from GitHub and start building things:


For more details on how to use this, see the README file.

My interests include text processing, text mining, and natural language processing, as well as web-development and general programming. Studied medieval English literature and linguistics at UGA. Dissertated on lexicography. Now I program in Haskell and write when I'm not building cool stuff for the Scholars' Lab. Also, husband and parent. Do you notice that sleep…


  1. Hi Eric, great to see Humanities and classical scholars doing work in the tech domain too – I love it, and it inspires me to feel at home with my at times far-ranging interests as well.