"Some amazing web apps appear on Ruby on Rails"

Luis de la Rosa is predicting the highlights of 2005, which includes plenty of Java goodies, such as Eclipse and Java 1.5 by default on OS X Tiger (that would be a nice move). But more importantly, Luis picks the rise of dynamic languages for spot number five:

5. Dynamic languages gain ground: Ruby and Groovy increase in usage, but no full-time jobs appear. Some amazing web apps appear on Ruby on Rails.

Luis made a safe bet predicting that “amazing web apps” will come barring the banner of Ruby on Rails: It happened on the 1st day of 2005! 43things.com launched and it is indeed an amazing web application that has the most lofty of goals: Push human ambition higher!

Luckily, Luis is already kinda wrong on “no full-time jobs appear, will be fully wrong half-way into the New Year, and even silly wrong by the end of December 2005. Companies around the world are already employing full-time Railers, like ”http://www.combustionlabs.com/“>Combustion Labs (4 developers), ”http://www.robotcoop.com/“>The Robot Coop (4 developers), ”http://www.collaboraid.biz/“>Collaboraid (3 developers), ”http://www.basesys.com/“>Base Systems (2 developers), ”http://www.37signals.com">37signals (2 developers), and of course a legion of independent consultants and tech departments in tons of universities and big corporations (read more).

But I agree with Luis that big companies won’t be picking up Ruby on Rails for real before 2006. So that’ll leave the front runners and early adopters among small companies with a significant competitive advantage for the entirety of 2005. Congratulations, guys.

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