Ruby On Rails Lesson
Truly Static Pages
We start with truly static pages. Recall from Section 1.2.5 that every Rails application comes with a minimal working application thanks to the rails script, with a default welcome page at the address http://localhost:3000 (Figure 1.3).
To learn where this page comes from, take a look at the file public/index.html (Figure 3.2). Because the file contains its own stylesheet information, it’s a little messy, but it gets the job done: By default, Rails serves any files in the public directory directly to the browser.5 In the case of the special index.html file, you don’t even have to
indicate the file in the URI, as index.html is the default. You can include it if you want, though; the addresses http://localhost:3000 and http://localhost:3000/index.html are equivalent.
As you might expect, if we want we can make our own static HTML files and put them in the same public directory as index.html. For example, let’s create a file with a friendly greeting (Listing 3.3):6