Don't look at Rails if you have to do .NET

Sam gives a word of caution to fellow .NET developers regarding Ruby on Rails:

Once you write an application in MonoRail you’ll never want to go back to regular ASP.NET. Just don’t look at Ruby On Rails. As I read on another blog: If you haven’t by this point, then don’t. It may lead to depression, despair, etc when you realize you’ve been writing two or three times as much code as you needed to get the job done, and Rails makes anything else look like spaghetti code no matter how clean it is. :D

A guide for changing programming languages

So what’s Duane Gran to do? He clearly has the hots for Ruby on Rails:

If your group develops web-based applications, you need to know about Ruby on Rails. It isn’t magic, but spend a day with it and you will probably agree that it is the closest thing to magic you’ve seen in IT in the last few years. If this sounds like a lot of bravado, it is, but mine is just one of many voices in the crowd praising Ruby on Rails. Elegant and robust systems are built with Rails in a fraction of the time spent on previous platforms.

But how can you translate that into changing the programming language and platform for your company? That’s what his post A guide for changing programming languages is all about. The arguments and approach that he and Erik Hatcher used to their shop around from using Java to going with Ruby on Rails.

RailsAppHosting partners with TextDrive

RailsAppHosting is an incredibly promising turn-key hosting environment that makes it a snap to setup a new application complete with database and subversion repository through a web interface. What won me over to its lure was the video of using the system. Man, that looks easy!

And now the team is hooking up with Rails-hoster extraordinaire TextDrive, so you get the easy of their interface with the backing of the TextDrive team. Can’t wait to see it go on the air.

10 Reasons Rails Does Pluralization

In the interest of world peace, here follows 10 explanations to why Rails does pluralization. Pick the one that’ll make you the most calm:

  • A point of argument: Pluralization is really meant as a long-running practical joke instituted to cause a good flame-thread every once in a while. There’s nothing like the fresh smell of napalm in the morning and all communities need a cleansing now and then. It makes it possible for us to be so ultra-nice the rest of the time without going suicidal.
  • Gives a sense of accomplishment: Since the rest of Rails is so easy, we needed to put in at least one piece that would feel like an accomplishment when you finally learned the ins and outs of it.
  • Love it or leave it: Pluralization is a posterchild for the entire philosophy of Rails. If you can’t deal with it either by acceptance or by turning it off, it saves you a lot of trouble walking away today rather than three months down the road when you learn that Rails is soaked in opinions like this.
  • A rite of passage: Similar to the point of entry, but more profound. Once you accept the true wisdom of pluralization, you will have completed your cultural transformation and become a true Railer. I can count on you know to do any bidding and your path to rails-core as been made.
  • Them against us: In order for communities to yield, they need controversial arguments where they can clearly take side and talk about “the others”. It makes the group tighter and happier.
  • A tough problem: Since Rails is so bent on solving all the easy problems and with the least amount of energy, we needed a hard problem, like the English language, to tickle us as we work on the otherwise mundane details of creating a web-application framework.
  • The learning curve: Since David is not a native English speaker, he needed some way to practice those irregular inflections. What better way than to embed the challenge in every day software.
  • It’s the color of the bike-shed: When you enter Rails, it can seem like an overwhelming experience that almost sucks you in. A good way to reaffirm your identity, and that you don’t just accept anything, is to complain about the color of the bikeshed. You now did your part of scepticism and can partake in the lovefest without feeling like a fanboy.
  • Beautiful code leads to happy programmers: One of my prime inspirations for still doing programming is the possibility of creating beautiful code. I consider the singular/plural splits as employeed in Rails to constitute beauty. Removing it would make Rails appear less beautiful and that would make me sad.
  • David is insane: This is the summary category. If you found none of the others to fit, just ascribe pluralization to insanity. If you like the rest of Rails, you can even put the positive spin that “all genuises are a little crazy”, and if you don’t, you can use this point to prove that Rails really is evil.

Driver wants in on Ruby on Rails

Obie Fernandez retells a cute story from the VP of Marketing at ThoughtWorks, John Guerriere, who met an upcoming Rails developer as his driver to the airport:

john: i was going to the airport and the driver (the car service we use) asks if i know martin fowler.

john: i said yes, why do you ask…

john: he shows me his RoR Agile book by Dave Thomas

john: He taught himself RoR and loves it….

john: Smal world…He used to be a developer b4 he moved from london here…hard time getting a job…

Jobs, jobs, jobs: Hiring Ruby on Rails is hot

You take off for just a little vacation and come back to an inbox stuffed with job offers for Ruby on Rails:

  • LookSmart, based in San Francisco, is putting their enterprise app on Rails — a dynamic advertising marketplace managing millions of listings and bids, syndication partners, integration with CRM, credit card processing, web services APIs, etc. They’re working with Mike Clark and James Duncan Davidson to help bootstrap this project, and they’re looking for a top-notch, high-energy lead for the team, plus an additional engineer. A great opportunity to get paid to work in Rails on an app that’s central to a public company’s mission. If you’ve got the chops for either role, they’d like to talk to you. Contact Bert Knorr ( for more info.
  • Naviance is looking for a designer with Rails experience. Especially Ajax and Ajax on Rails experience. The person will be working with Chad Fowler, who just joined the company as their lead developer.
  • Digital Age Media is looking for an experienced Ruby on Rails programmer to work on an online game. The work can be done remotely. Experience with video game theory and programming is a plus, but is not required. If interested please send an email with a resume, links to your work, rates, and availability to jobs at digitalagemedia dot net.
  • Free The Slaves is looking for a volunteer (unpaid) Rails developer to create an e-commerce system for the organization.

A List Apart 4.0 uses Ruby on Rails

A List Apart is an institution in web design. I’ve learned more than a few tricks over the years from this venerable magazine and its therefore with great honor that I see the newly relaunched version 4.0 is a Ruby on Rails application. Congratulation to Dan Benjamin, Zeldman, Erin Kissane, and the rest of the team behind ALA.