Hello,

I am currently working on planning for the redevelopment of a website.
This website will be mainly static, the only dynamic functionality that
I am envisioning is some server-side includes to make maintenance
easier, perhaps a form or two that sends an email etc. No database
backend at this stage.

I could very easily use straight up PHP to give me this kind of basic
functionality, but I prefer Ruby and in this case, I think Rails might
be a bit heavy for what I am looking at. So I'm thinking about
eRuby/erb.

I have read about mod_ruby and mod_rails. Some sources seem to suggest
that mod_ruby "has never really worked properly", while others seem to
suggest otherwise. I have not been able to ascertain whether mod_rails
would allow the use of eRuby/erb without Rails to go with it.

So my questions are: Does anyone have any experience with a set up that
allows embedded Ruby to be interpreted and served performantly and
reliably in (X)HTML pages (say under the .rhtml extension) in much the
same way that mod_php does with .php files (I gather this is what
mod_ruby is meant to do, but I have read many mixed reviews)? And does
mod_rails/mod_rack hold any promise in this regard?

Ideally a solution that would allow embedding and serving of .rhtml
files outside of a Rails app but also allow the deployment of a full
Rails app, say in a sub-domain or something would be awesome, but I'm
happy to take it one step at a time.
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