R. Baker was …depressed by web development, but he also pretty sure
that …sophisticated applications wouldnt be any easier to build
with Rails. So what did he do? He gave it a try:
I did what any self-respecting skeptic would do: I set out to prove
those Rails folks wrong. I was asked to write a web application for
customer and work order management. I decided that this would be a good
chance to learn Rails, and prove those Rails folks wrong. Rolling with
Ruby on Rails told me that I would write web applications ten times
faster using Rails. I prepared a schedule as though I was writing the
app with PHP, and quoted my client one
quarter of the estimated time (three weeks). In the space of that three
weeks I went from having not written a line of Ruby outside of text
book examples, to developing a fully functioning (and mostly tested)
Rails application for a client.
The borg is at work. Baker finishes off with:
In mid January, I set out to prove those rails folks wrong. Now Im one of them. Prove me wrong.