'Rails is one of those economy changing tools'

Pelle from Stake Ventures augments Joe Kraus’ It’s a great time to be an entrepreneur with the notion that on top of cheaper hardware and free infrastructure, we also have better frameworks today:

It is a lot easier and quicker now to bring a new service from concept to launch. One of the biggest things helping this is the emergence of new practical web frameworks like Ruby on Rails . This allows single person or tiny teams to incredible things in very short time.

There are other similar frameworks where you could do similar things quickly, but really Rails is one of those economy changing tools that is and will cause a lot of turmoil in the world of web applications.

Productivity improvements are a big part of the push from the bottom. Skipping the need for scaling up in people makes it much easier to get off the ground. $100K is quite a lush sum if all you need is three people for a couple of months.

Ruby on Rails making inroads in corporate America

Bank of America must surely be the archetypical corporate America company. The kind that puts the e, n, t, e, r, p, r, i, s, and e in Enterprise. Ruby on Rails is on their radar. An innocent job posting from Monster.com lists “Ruby (on Rails)” as a “Nice to Have”. Not too shabby, cabby. The technology adoptive curve is certainly getting compressed. The jump from early adopter to mainstream is growing shorter.

Going from ColdFusion to Ruby on Rails

Michael Buffington from Adaptive Path talks about his experience going from ColdFusion to Ruby on Rails. Here’s a choice bit:

I’d say it took me less than 10 hours to build wordPhoto.org, which includes image uploads, thumbnail generation, email notifiers, a user login system, extensive data validation, clean urls, and various Ajax tidbits. That’s super impressive.

Two more Rails jobs: C3 MediaGroup, Sprout

Another set of companies looking to hook up with Rails developers:

  • C3 MediaGroup: Looking for e-commerce web app development and OOP/Ruby/Rails experience to develop an ecommerce component for our site using Rails.
  • Sprout: Start-up looking to hire a Rails developer for building their email-handling-for-small-companies app.

ASP.NET vs Rails analysis from a veteran

On a the topic of ASP.NET vs Ruby on Rails on the ruby-talk mailing list, Christian Romney wrote a long analysis over his experience with the two. Here’s my choice bit:

I disagree that ASP.NET is more productive than RoR. I have been FAR more productive with RoR after just a few months of learning Ruby and a few weeks of using RoR than I am with .NET even though I’ve been coding on the MS platform for 10 years, with half of that time spent almost exclusively working on web applications.

Romney especially likes Active Record and the “architectural guidance” of the framework. But there’s definitely also some love for .NET where he especially likes the transaction support and enterprise features like message queueing. Read the full thing.

43places: Where do you want to go?

The Robot Co-op follows up on 43things with 43places that narrows the scope from goal to destination. Record where you want to go, meet others with the same destination in mind, and read stories from people who’ve been. It’s a great idea. And a great follow-up to 43things. Congratulations on the launch. Now, what to do in Hawaii?

TextDrive seeks to sweeten control with Rails application

TextPanel is the name of TextDrive‘s effort to modernize Webmin and the whole of branch of control panel software. They’re hard at work on it. And it’s going to be a Rails application, of course. Like all the other management software they’re building over there. The first we’ll see of TextPanel will be a reduced version, which will power the forthcoming Strongspace offering.

Cheers to Justin, Marten, Jason, Dean, and all the others at TextDrive for pushing the hosting envelope on so many fronts. And what a steal in picking up a relationship with Michael Koziarski. He has been the untiring force behind verifying, prioritizing, and managing the ticket cue on Rails for a good long while. Congratulations to both parties.

Taking Ajax higher with next Rails release

Thomas Fuchs has been doing awesome work building on top of Prototype (the Javascript engine driving Ajax in Rails) to bring us script.aculo.us: Better effects and drag’n’drop capabilities. Together with the upload progress enhancements from Sean Treadway, we’re going to have a big upgrade to the Ajax capabilities of Rails in the next, forthcoming release (0.13).

If you want to see what’s in store for you, checkout the addition of drag’n’drop to Backpack. Shows off very nicely just how cool drag’n’drop can be in a Web 2.0 application.

There’s more chatter about this on Loud Thinking, Signal vs Noise, and mir.aculo.us.

Three new Rails jobs: NetworkChemistry, IntegralNet, Mirak

The commercial interest for using Rails is ever growing and I keep getting leads on new jobs. Here are the latest three openings:

  • NetworkChemistry: Looking for a Rails programmer with a C/C++ background and at least one successfully delivered Rails application for their Wireless Intrusion Prevention product in San Francisco.
  • IntegralNet Marketing: Looking for an experienced Ruby/Rails developer with J2EE knowledge for eXtreme Programming work in Orange County, CA.
  • Mirak: Looking for a Rails developer with several projects completed and patches made against the source to work on an online community knowledge system in Toronto, Canada (working remote equally fine).