Ruby on Rails podcast #2: Talking with Dave Thomas

Scott Barron has released the second Ruby on Rails podcast. It sounds a whole lot better than the first and there’s an even more interesting guest on the show: Dave Thomas. Get the story about how Dave got to be a Pragmatic Programmer and how he got in Ruby. And of course the full lowdown on the new book, upcoming mini-books, and much more.

And of course, it has the latest news from the Rails work. Check it out, yo!

Webmonkey introduces Ruby on Rails

Veteran web developer site Webmonkey has jumped on board with Getting Your Feet Wet With Ruby on Rails. A brief introduction to why you should care about Ruby on Rails and a brief look at tweaking an initial scaffolding setup. Their description of Rails is rather neat:

Rails is a programming toolbox, with a wealth of pre-written code that implements the structure and many of the common functions of a database-driven site. That eliminates much of the preliminary busywork necessary to create such a site, but also enforces a tight, sane structure on the code, which has the effect of making development very facile. It’s like working in a well-organized company: it takes a little time to figure out who sits where and what they do, but once you understand the structure, you can use it to your advantage without having to make lots of micro-managerial decisions all the time.

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, 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.