Two UK companies looking for Rails programmers

The population of professional Ruby on Rails developers is calling for growth:

  • Revieworld are looking for a Ruby on Rails developer to start in August. They’re based in Waterloo.
  • ReThink Recruitment are looking for a number of Ruby on Rails developers for various sites. They’re based in Leeds.

200+ professional Rails programmers across 33 countries

In just a few days, the list of people working professionally with Rails to earn “…a substantial or full paycheck” has blazed past 200! It includes programmers from 33 countries. From China to Finland to Jamaica to South Africa. But the United States is still the dominant force. Almost half of programmers on the list are living there.

Growing the ecosystem around Rails is very important and I’m thrilled to see the list so large already. Who dares venture a guess at the numbers in 3, 6, and 12 months?

Financial services firm desire Ruby on Rails skills

Cincom Smalltalk has long touted the Kapital system at JP Morgan (PDF) as an example of what an edge in productivity can mean for profits in financial services. So, it’s not entirely surprising to see MSCI Barra from Berkley, California look for a senior software developer and desire that the candidate has Ruby on Rails skills for use with their investment systems. I believe we may just have an E for Enterprise here.

Where are the hours wrestling with JavaScript in venkmann?

Jaikoo is longing to feel like a man again. And nothing like doing long hours debugging impossible JavaScript has that feel of a hard day’s work:

In fact its so easy I feel totally un-masculine right now. Dag nammit, where are the hours wrestling with JavaScript in venkmann? Where’s the fun without the pain? I mean the real pain!!! GRRR!!! Come on Rails!! Make me feel like a man again!!! Stop making it so easy for gawd sakes, throw some XML in there or something, make it more cryptic;). So this is me, feeling like a total girly boy right now, signing off from the frilly land of Rails. starts manicuring nails

Make it as easy as not to.

The Rails weblog moves to Typo (finally!)

When we originally launched rubyonrails.org, none of the Rails-based blogging engines were really up to the task of running the show. But with the appearance of Typo and it’s massive uptake and rapid improvement, we have a very viable solution now. So goodbye, WordPress! You served us in a crunch, but I’m also very pleased to see you go.

The switch means that we’ll actually be able to keep comments open without the blogging engine mysteriously shutting them off. And that we’ll hopefully be even better equipped to combat spam.

Thanks once more to Tobias Luekte for blessing the world of Rails blogging with Typo.

And thanks to Jan and the rest of the lighttpd team for creating just a spiffy web server. We’re serving both this blog and the manuals site of lighttpd now.

David Geary demonstrates Rails at Denver Java User Group

David Geary did a cool demonstration of Rails yesterday at the Denver Java User Group by getting a member of the audience, unfamiliar with Rails, to do the demo for them:

In the end, Kirk pulled off the demo without a hitch. That says something about Kirk, but it speaks volumes about Rails. After he left the podium, I added some users to the db and refreshed the app and there, magically, were the new rows in the database. Then I tweaked the pagination parameter for the controller that controls page size from 10 to 5, saved the file and refreshed the browser. I asked the audience if they noticed how long that deployment took. Then I changed the prameter to 3 and then to 2 and reran the demo each time. Each time, the number of contacts displayed updated according to the pagination parameter and each time the redeploy time was, well zero. That got people’s attention.

Change’n’refresh is an intensely addictive form of working, no doubt.