All the cool kids are talking about Ruby on Rails. It’s apparently the next big thing in web development. As Danny O’Brien said at OSCON, Ruby on Rails seems to have gone through the whole “first they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win” process in about three weeks. It would be interesting to investigate why Rails has become so popular when similar Perl-based frameworks like Maypole and Catalyst still languish in relative obscurity. I suspect it says something fundamental about the Perl community’s ability to promote its projects.
I’ve looked at Ruby before. It seems to be a nice language. In many ways it’s close to what Perl 6 will be – with, of course, the obvious advantage that Ruby is here now. So I decided I needed to take a closer look and did what any self-respecting geek would do – I’ve ordered some books. Copies of Programming Ruby and Agile Web Development with Rails will be on their way to me just as soon as Amazon gets them back in stock.
I’ll let you know what I think.