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Why Merb Becoming Rails 3 is a Good Thing

Q: Rails or Merb?
A: Yes. 

So, today’s big news is that Merb will be the new Rails.  Wow!  Who said you couldn’t get people’s attention during the holidays.  This is really going to shake up the Ruby web community. 

There has been a lot of reactions to the news, not all of it positive.  This tweet jumped out at me.  That is a totally understandable first reaction.  What happened to the revolution?  In my opinion this is the best possible outcome of the Merb revolution.  It began life because of frustrations with the Rails core team and the direction that Rails in general was heading. The Merb team chose to go off and do things the way they think things should be done.  Competition was created.

As the competition increased you started to see some of the better ideas in Merb start to be implemented in Rails.  Competition is the best thing on earth to break a monoculture. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in our own little worlds and to keep doing things just because that’s the way we do things.

Now, the situation today is that Merb has convinced the Rails core team that they were onto something, and instead of leading us down the path of Ruby Web Framework Armageddon (which is not wholly bad, but at the very least creates a marketing problem) they decided to now join forces.  Not a decision that was taken lightly, I imagine. 

So what happens to competition, you say? It still exists, there are now many, many Ruby Web Frameworks, and many more will come, even in the wake of this announcement.  There will always be people pushing the status quo, there will always be ambitious hackers out there creating new and exciting things.  Those things will inevitably feedback into the dominant frameworks, if not, then the dominant frameworks will slowly die off, as they should.

So why is this a good thing again?  Well because now the framework I love, the framework that has changed my development life, will now be even better! The infusion of the quality engineering that has been displayed by the Merb team is the best thing for Rails’ long term viability. Enterprise business *want* to jump on the Ruby bandwagon, they are just scared of Rails and it’s issues, real or perceived. Now, Rails will become the Enterprise solution they have been clamoring for, and that makes life great for all us Rails Development and Consulting shops out there!

Here’s to a great New Year for Ruby!!

Syndicated 2008-12-23 23:01:37 from i am ruinous

links for 2008-11-25

Syndicated 2008-11-26 05:02:22 from i am ruinous

What’s new in Phoenix Tech

Today a new site launched that will cover the goings-on in Phoenix Startups and Technolgoy.  Daily Hoopla will be hunting down cool companies in Phoenix and get them to spill the beans on what they are up to.  If you know a good company in Phoenix that deserves some attention, please send in your suggestions.

Syndicated 2008-09-04 18:14:55 from i am ruinous

What Does Daddy Do?

My 5 year old (also named Jade) had a homework assignment for Kindergarten where he had to explain “What do your parents do at work?”

This is what he came up with all on his own:

What Does Daddy Do?

For those of you who can’t decipher Kindergarten handwriting that says


  1. Fixes Computers
  2. Writes Programs
  3. Makes Websites
How funny is that?

Syndicated 2008-08-29 06:17:02 from i am ruinous

Arizona Republic Article from TiE Event

Today I was quoted in the Arizona Republic on the back page of the Business section based on the panel I spoke on at TiE.

Here is the article:

AZ Republic 8-28-2008

AZ Republic 8-28-2008

Syndicated 2008-08-29 05:59:43 from i am ruinous

Speaking at AZ TiE

I was recently asked to join a panel at the Arizona Chapter of TiE (a network of entrepreneurs “founded to inspire, foster and support entrepreneurship”).  I will be speaking on Wednesday August 13th at the panel titled New Product Development - At the Heart of Every New Venture.

Syndicated 2008-08-12 06:07:04 from i am ruinous

Quoted in Arizona Republic

I was interviewed a few weeks ago about “Fun in the Workplace.” It was really nice to talk to the reporter, Patricia Bathurst, about my opinions on creating a fun, yet productive workplace. I only got a small quote in this article but Patricia has expressed interest in doing a full piece on Integrum sometime this summer.Arizona Republic Article

Syndicated 2008-06-04 07:04:08 from i am ruinous

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