Being a little despondent regarding Spring, a framework I’ve chosen to skill up in Read More, I’ve changed tack to investigate further Ruby. I was in a training demonstration of Ruby late last year, I’ve had other colleagues talk about it, and in a number of readings of late, Ruby has been making an impact, so time to delve in. I’ve got my working notes on my Wiki, and it took all of a few minutes to be operational. There appears a good wealth of reference material available including at least 2 online books. You can check out these in my Ruby References section.

Here is a comment from one of the current books I’m reading now. Beyond Java.

My partner and I decided to implement a small part of the application in Ruby On Rails, a highly productive web-based programming framework. We did this not to satisfy our customer, but to satisfy a little intellectual curiosity. The results astounded us:

  • For the rewrite, we programmed faster. Mush faster. It took Justin, my lead programmer, four nights to build what it had taken four months to build in Java (RB: They were using Hibernate,Spring and Web Work). We estimated that we were between 5 and 10 times more productive.
  • We generated one-fourth the lines of code; one-fifth if you consider configuration files
  • The productivity gains held up after we moved beyond the rewrite.
  • The Ruby on Rails version of the application performed faster. This is probably not true of all possible use cases, but for our application, the ROR active record persistence strategy trumped Hibernates’s Object Relational Mapping (ORM), at least with minimal tuning.
  • The customer cared much more about productivity then being on a safe Java Foundation. (RB: Highlighted)

As you can well imagine, this shook my world view down to the foundation.”

From Beyond Java. by Bruce. A. Tate pg 3-4.