Hugh Winkler holding forth on computing and the Web

Monday, August 07, 2006

The Ruby Conspiracy

The Ruby Conspiracy: "Who are those who are benefiting from Ruby on Rails? Answer: O'Reilly Publishing, the authors Bruce Tate and Dave Thomas and a handful of consultants....We have two production applications running on Ruby. And how is it. Well, despite being perhaps no more than 5% of the functionality of our applications, Ruby on Rails is the number one consumer of Oracle CPU and logical gets....After all, the productivity benefits of Ruby are so much greater than Java you will save all of the money in development. Or do you. Our experience was that Ruby on Rails took longer than Java would have. And what about maintenance. Well we just refactor as things change. Or do we? There are no Ruby tools that support refactoring. And nor are they are expected due to the difficulties of implementing refactoring tools for Dynamic Languages, or so I am advised."

Interpreted... tons of magic^H^H^H^H^H abstraction. Right.

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