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So why should I switch to Ruby?

 
M Burke
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There are those who have been pushing Ruby, targeting the Java communities. Why should we switch?
 
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There are those who have been pushing Ruby

Well, I'd say that RAILS is being pushed and Ruby is a side effect of that since RAILS uses Ruby. So let's change this to why switch to RAILS.

Here are a few reasons off the top of my head:

  • You like to use new buzzy technologies because your peers are impressed with your new found vocabulary and knowledge of magical frameworks.
  • You have an MS Access database that someone wants web'inized and RAILS is really good at CRUD apps.
  • Ajax is so cool and you want to be on the web 2.0 front-line and your heard RAILS had really good support for it.
  • 9 out of 10 entries on javablogs.com are about RAILS. It must be good.
  • Lasse likes it.
  • You don't know any better


  • Yes, this is meant to be satire. After all, you did post this in MD.
     
    Devesh H Rao
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    Because Julie will not be able to make it to the party anymore...

    Oh... You did not mean Ruby, as in a "Girl" Ruby...

     
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    Next we will be moving to diamonds

    Eric
     
    Jeroen T Wenting
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    hey, Ruby is sooooo KEWL MAN!!!
    It's all the hype, the chicks will just LUV YA for it.
     
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    Originally posted by Jeroen T Wenting:
    hey, Ruby is sooooo KEWL MAN!!!
    It's all the hype, the chicks will just LUV YA for it.


    It's all about the chicks.

    Mark
     
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    I wouldn't say it's a question of switching to Ruby, but I think it's something definitely worth adding to your repetoire. Look, it's "the next greatest thing" right now. That in itself I would think would make it worth checking out for folks who want to stay on top of the game.
     
    Guy Allard
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    LOL. Lasse is not the only person here that really likes Ruby.

    It is a great OO scripting language.

    It *does* have some warts.

    I'm not gonna write spacecraft control code with it. But I would not use Java for that either.

    Guy
     
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    Ruby is a good tool, if you consider yourself a craftsman, and J2EE as just one tool, it makes sense to learn how to Ruby. For that matter, it makes sense to learn how to use dotNet,

    OTOH, if you're just a tool jockey who's heavily invested in J2EE, it's best to dismiss Ruby altogether.
     
    Eric Pascarello
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    I say skip Ruby and go with C#!

    Eric
     
    Srikanth Raghavan
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    Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
    I say skip Ruby and go with C#!

    Eric


    Ok, I will definetly do that... but why???
     
    Balaji Loganathan
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    Originally posted by Eric Pascarello:
    I say skip Ruby and go with C#!

    Eric


    For saying this, Eric will get sure get a salary hike this month.
     
    Eric Pascarello
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    LOL, I should have said switch to VB.NET instead. That would be even darker!


    Eric
     
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    Originally posted by Jeroen T Wenting:
    It's all the hype, the chicks will just LUV YA for it.
    Yeah, because computer programming is, like, just the sexiest thing ever.

    When I was at university a survey was done on which subjects women find attractive. The results showed that Marine biology was the sexiest subject, and the least sexiest was... computer science.
     
    M Burke
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    Originally posted by Gregg Bolinger:
    There are those who have been pushing Ruby

    Yes, this is meant to be satire. After all, you did post this in MD.


    Scary part is...I agree with you

    Now my manager is forcing me to do a presentation on Ruby.
     
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    Top Ten Reasons to Switch to Ruby

    10 - You have a crush on David H.H.
    9 - You want to set an integer variable to a string value
    8 - You're tired of having to choose between 2000 Java books
    7 - It's built in to OS X
    6 - Two words: "babe magnet"
    5 - You have a gift certificate for Pragmatic Press
    4 - By learning a different language you hope to gain new perspectives on
    the computing problems you're attempting to solve. (yeah, right :roll: )
    3 - Anything to get away from NetBeans
    2 - Scripting appeals to your devil-may-care persona

    and the number 1 reason to switch to Ruby...

    1 - You just don't see eye-to-eye with Jonathan Schwartz anymore.
    [ March 08, 2007: Message edited by: Bert Bates ]
     
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    Hearing about Ruby makes me remember of Perl. Aaahhh, Perl CGI.... Old injuries still hurting.

    Apart from that, the Ruby lad is ranking up :
    http://computerworld.com/action/article.do?command=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9011969&intsrc=hm_ts_head
     
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    Originally posted by Bert Bates:
    Top Ten Reasons to Switch to Ruby

    4 - By learning a different language you hope to gain new perspectives on
    the computing problems you're attempting to solve. (yeah, right :roll: )

    [ March 08, 2007: Message edited by: Bert Bates ]


    I recommend this article, re: perspectives :

    http://www.joelonsoftware.com/items/2006/08/01.html

    That said, I do think the buzz is mostly the "ad populum programmulum" phenomenon -- people are learning it because people are learning it.
     
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