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7/24/2017
11:00 AM
Kristoffer Frisch-Ekenes, Bootcamp Leader at Coding Dojo
Kristoffer Frisch-Ekenes, Bootcamp Leader at Coding Dojo
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The Rise and Fall of Ruby on Rails

Once the rising star of web development, Ruby on Rails has fallen into a secondary role in the corporate world.

Kristoffer Frisch-Ekenes
Kristoffer Frisch-Ekenes

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jeffdill2
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jeffdill2,
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7/25/2017 | 6:48:30 PM
Rolling eyes
Cue eye rolls from every Rails developer who's been hearing this argument for years and has, in the meantime, launched several successful, fast, scalable web applications...using Ruby on Rails.
BasilMcd
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7/24/2017 | 2:05:35 PM
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You're touching on a very important issue when you point out that Ruby has all but collapsed, but it's a far wider field, because dev-tool-of-the-month club is alive and well!

I ran into an acquaintance the other day, a very experienced former IBM manager, who told me about his new job at a startup.  "And all the coding is right up to date.  We're doing everything in React and Node."

I couldn't help myself, and said, "right- do you know what any of that means?"

He smiled sheepishly and said, "no, not really."

I saw the same thing happen ten years ago when a major system I built was turned over to a couple of sharp young minds who were gong to do it all in Ruby, and Rails, and Mongo, and Coffeescript, and...  That $200,000 effort they built looked good, but is now dead, and my old-fashioned, ASP.Net, Javascript system is still running fine, and in fact replaced the Ruby version at the clients where that new and cutting-edge system was in use- briefly.

Maybe React and Node have staying power.  But I constantly see people taking what I see as stupendous risks- betting the company- on technologies that were invented two years ago.

And completely and blithely unaware fo the risk.

 
aemadrid
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aemadrid,
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7/24/2017 | 1:49:27 PM
Lost credibility
"A number of companies currently utilize Ruby on Rails, including Basecamp, ... I say "utilize" because Ruby on Rails does not make up a majority of production code for those companies."

You lost all credibility with that paragraph. You are saying that Basecamp, the company that literally built RoR does not have a majority of RoR code? Sorry but you don't seem to know what you are talking about.
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