There are some basic principles that Ramaze tries to follow:
KISS (Keep It Super Simple)
Ramaze doesn't introduce any major change of paradigm for everyone familiar with Ruby and the basics of Web-development.
POLS (Principle Of Least Surprise)
Ramaze tries to be intuitive and easy to learn. Most functionality is built in a way to help, not to obfuscate or confuse.
Use what you want and how you want it.Through Ruby Ramaze provides one of the most powerful programming-languages available, giving you full control over your system.
Even the most essential parts of Ramaze can easily be replaced and/or modified without losing the advantage of the whole framework.
Nothing besides Ruby is required for the basic features. Of course you can take advantage of several wonderful libraries, but Ramaze is built in a way to be run on any basic setup.
Document everything, classes, modules, methods, configuration and so on. Through 100% documentation Ramaze gives the developer easy and solid understanding of the underlying concepts and functionality.
Everyone is welcome to contribute to Ramaze in the easiest way possible. The repository is open for patches passing the Test-suite.
Everyone learns different, some only read the source, others browse documentation, but everyone loves examples for a quick and painless start. Ramaze addresses this need and offers a wide variety of examples of usage, basic functionality, project-layout and more advanced applications.
Fully BDD (Behaviour Driven Design)
Ramaze has a very complete set of so-called specifications built by RSpec. These specs define the way Ramaze has to behave. The specs are checked every time a new patch is pushed into the repository, deciding whether the changes the patch applies are valid and don't break the framework.