Basecamp and Ruby

By Deane Barker on June 25, 2004

Rails: So what was the biggest shock of the Basecamp seminar? Finding out that it was written in Ruby. Yeah, that’s right — that Japanese language that you thought no one was using. They’ve apparently put together a Web development framework for it which they’re releasing to open-source.

Rails is a soon-to-be-released web application framework for Ruby. It’s built upon well-understood patterns for web development, which should make the seasoned web developer feel right at home and the newcomer welcome.

The programmer guy had nothing but good things to say about it. He claimed he was more productive with it in one week than he was with PHP after five years.



  1. Hey, waddya mean, ‘you thought noone was using’? I don’t want to get into language wars here, but I just sat down to learning Java after a couple of years doing stuff with Ruby, and I was horrified by what I saw. Ruby is to Java as Perl is to Cobol…

  2. What do I mean? Exactly what I said. Ruby may be a great language, but it’s still the apparently best kept secret in programming.

    I can tell you that of the forty people in the room, most of which were developers, fully three-quarters of them expressed complete ignorance of Ruby when it was brought up.

    Good to hear that it’s such a great language. Now tell more people.

  3. When can we expect a review of the workshop? I might want to attend a future one but I want to hear how it went first. Thanks.

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