UPDATE Slides and Recap Follow
I’ll be presenting Ruby on Rails for 45 minutes at the prestigious Seattle Perl User Group. I was a regular attender before I moved to Taiwan and converted to Ruby.
(Yes, their page says January. They haven’t updated it yet.)
For a long time, Ruby has presented itself as Perl’s little brother (see “man ruby”).
Recently, it’s been trying to be the little brother who happens to be a movie star and drives a sportscar (search “google hacker of the year”).
Is the current attention on Ruby on Rails deserved? Does Rails make website development faster and easier, or is it fueled by hype? (see SPUG Meeting, Feb 21, 6:30 pm.)
The presentation went quite well.
A few things surprised me:
Someone came up to me afterward with a heartwarming story (I don’t want to embarrass him, so I won’t mention his name). He had spent many years as a C programmer, then moved to C++, and PHP. He became very discouraged with programming and felt that things were getting out of control. In an act of desperation, he learned Java, but that didn’t help. He contemplated changing careers or just spending more time doing administrative work while his partner did the programming. He could barely motivate himself to come to work in the morning.
You know the rest of the story, but here it is…
A few months ago, he stumbled upon Ruby on Rails. As promised, it made programming fun again. Thanks to the efficiency of the framework, he spends more time actually planning and designing projects than writing them. Now he gets to work at 7am and can’t wait to start the day!
Doesn’t that bring a tear to the eye?