The story behind Rails at OReilly.
Jason Fried from 37signals talks about the origins of Rails with Marc Hedlund from OReilly:
Ruby on Rails is the open source web application framework we extracted from Basecamp.
When we built Basecamp we didnt know we were building Rails at the
same time, but thats exactly how it happened. Basecamp came first;
Rails was born from Basecamp. Basecamp was the divine chicken, Rails
was the egg.
I had some natural hesitation about using Ruby at first (What the #@!* is Ruby?Why dont we just use PHPit served us well before?), but David cogently made the case and I bought it. Im thrilled with the results.
Im sure a few of the readers here are thankful that Jason decided to trust yours truly and bet on Ruby 🙂