[LRUG] Does Rails have an image problem?
geeksam at gmail.com
Mon Aug 17 10:05:28 PDT 2020
Coincidentally, this went out in the most recent edition of the Ruby Weekly
On Mon, Aug 17, 2020 at 8:34 AM Edmond Lepedus <ed.lepedus at googlemail.com>
> Hi LRUG,
> Once again I’ve recommended Rails for a project, and once again, I’ve
> found it a really hard sell, and I suspect the decision will be to use
> NodeJS instead. It seems that outside of the Rails community, most devs
> have a pretty poor opinion or just lack of visibility into the awesomeness
> of Rails. I’ve been asked questions like “Isn’t Rails abandonware now?”,
> been pointed to StackOverflow’s developer survey (
> https://insights.stackoverflow.com/survey/2020#technology-most-loved-dreaded-and-wanted-other-frameworks-libraries-and-tools-loved3) as
> ‘evidence’ for NodeJS’s superiority and been told that “the majority of
> Rails consultants make their money on migrating people to other platforms”.
> This is not a new thing. I’ve been recommending Rails for web projects for
> nearly 7 years, both as an employee and as a consultant, with zero success.
> And before you think it’s just my credibility, I’ve not had any issues when
> recommending, WordPress, NextJS, Kubernetes, Ansible etc. It’s just Rails.
> My current team would benefit hugely from Rails. It would do wonders for
> everything from code quality and productivity to documentation and our
> ability to hire and onboard new developers, but I fear that we will once
> again default to NodeJS and miss out on most of those benefits.
> The weird thing is that we use and love systems written in Rails, such as
> GitLab, and have enthusiastically committed to migrating our forums to
> Discourse, but the halo effect from those projects doesn’t seem to be
> affecting perceptions of Rails itself.
> How do you sell Rails in a compelling way?
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