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 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

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).

ODEO is trickling out the launch

ODEO is the upcoming premier portal for podcasting shows. Whether you just want to find and listen or whether you want to create and distribute. Phillip Torrone has a mini-review up on O’Reilly’s Make magazine. Why is this Rails news? Because ODEO is a Rails application, of course!

Rails #3, Ruby #8 on most popular tutorials at OSCON

Ruby on Rails: Enjoying the Ride of Programming, the tutorial I’m giving at OSCON, is the third most popular tutorial for the entire conference! As Nathan Torkington from O’Reilly writes: “Tutorial signups for OSCON are a great measure of what’s hot in Open Source.” Rails most surely be hitting the hot still.

And it’s not only Rails. Dave Thomas’ Ruby tutorial is #8 on the same list! It’s going to be a fantastic conference for Ruby on Rails. And I’m not only saying that because I’m doing a keynote, a session talk, and this tutorial on the subject. Not at all. Really.

Designer CMS on Rails: Programmers needed!

There are surely lots of content-management system projects happening in Rails, but are any of them that magic bullet that designers are looking for? Designer CMS on Rails is a call to make just that happen. So if you have the programming chops to help a band of top-notch designers deliver an open-source system, get in touch with them, and make it happen.

Dreamhost now supports Ruby on Rails

Word on the street is that popular webhost Dreamhost now supports Ruby on Rails. That’s great news, especially if you’re already married to DH and wants to do Ruby on Rails development. For everyone else starting out or looking for a new host, the premier choice for Rails hosting is naturally still TextDrive. They have multiple Railers on staff, support the Rails project, and rock (this site is running on TextDrive).