Amber is designed to make everyday web-development tasks simple, and comfortable, maintaining developer engagement, productivity without performance penalties. By providing an all-in-one toolbox to get you started the various parts of Amber work well together or separately.

The goal of this overview is to introduce the general concepts in Amber and give you a quick overview of how those concepts are implemented in Amber.

Conventions Over Configuration

Amber provides a basic organizational structure that covers class names, filenames, database table names, and other conventions. While the conventions take some time to learn, by following the conventions Amber provides you can avoid needless configuration and make a uniform application structure that makes working with various projects simple.


Model–view–controller (MVC) is a software architectural pattern for implementing user interfaces on computers. It divides a given application into three interconnected parts. The division is done to separate internal representations of information from the way information is presented to, and accepted from, the user. The MVC design pattern decouples these significant components allowing for efficient code reuse and parallel development.


  • Simultaneous development – Multiple developers can work simultaneously on the model, controller, and views..

  • High cohesion – MVC enables logical grouping of related actions on a controller together. The views for a specific model are also grouped.

  • Low coupling – The very nature of the MVC framework is such that there is low coupling among models, views or controllers.

  • Ease of modification – Because of the separation of responsibilities, future development or change is easier.

  • Multiple representations for a model – Models can have various Views.

Controller Layer

The Controller is responsible for controlling the application logic and acts as the coordinator between the View and the Model. The Controller receives an input from the users via the View, then processes the user's data with the help of Model and passes the results back to the View.

class UsersController < ApplicationController
def index
@users = Users.all

View Layer

Views are the component involved with the application's User Interface. These Views are generally bound from the model data and have extensions such as HTML, SLANG, ECR.

# Slang - /views/users/index.slang
doctype html
meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width,initial-scale=1.0"
title This is a title
h1 {color: red;}
p {color: green;}
style h2 {color: blue;}
- @users.each do |user|
li = "#{user.name} - #{user.email}"

Model Layer

The Model layer represents the part of your application that implements the business logic. It is responsible for retrieving data and converting it into the first meaningful concepts in your web application. Includes processing, validating, associating or other tasks related to handling data.

In the case of a social network, the Model layer would take care of tasks such as saving the user data, saving friends’ associations, storing and retrieving user photos, finding suggestions for new friends, etc. The model objects are the main components of your application, such as “Friend,” “User,” “Comment,” or “Photo.” If we wanted to load some data from our user's table we could do:

class User
getter name : String
getter email : String
def initialize(@name, @email)