Thanks Huw. Yes I installed ADO.rb and am using XP SP2 and Rails 2.0.2. Don't worry about the sqlexpress issues too much, I am pretty sure the mixed mode auth. in sqlserver security has fixed that.
Still, it would be nicer if this were easier. I'll take another look at this when things are a bit less hectic here.
I have also just read that many others are having difficulty with scaffold as it has been deprecated in Rails 2.0 and is now a plug in.
Did you notice my tutorial on the Rails 2 scaffold?http://www.sapphiresteel.com/How-To-Create-A-Blog-With-Rails-2
My options are to install the plug in or go back to rails 1.2. The war stories out there suggest that Rails 1.2 has more material for beginners so I will probably do that.
My feeling is that Rails 1.2 will be around for a while yet. There is quite a big disincentive to upgrade to a system that may break existing apps and won't work with most tutorials either. Also, most web hosts who support Rails are probably not going to be in a big rush to convert either (and risk breaking their customers' apps).
The blogs also lead me to think that only the installation of RoR on Windows is hard, and after that it gets easier.
Again, we have a tutorial to help: http://www.sapphiresteel.com/Setting-Up-Ruby-and-Rails-For-Ruby
But, again, we still think this is too much like hard work. We have, in fact, now written an all-in-one installer which we shall release soon and should help people over most (all?) of the setup problems.
I still think RIS Rocks.
That's nice to hear!