On Fri, Oct 7, 2011 at 1:34 PM, Andrew wrote:
Do you know where I can find articles/statistics on Ruby adoption
It's going to be difficult to get good data. The biggest reason,
IMHO, is that companies that do adopt RoR are going to be doing so for
the productivity. If it works, they're not going to talk about it.
That's what 'strategic advantages' are all about. Keep your mouth
shut and hope your competitors don't figure it out.
If you're convinced that you need hard data then I'd recommend looking
for secondary indicators: growth of hosting providers is one. How
many are there today vs. 2 years ago. Do they say anything about
customer base? What about financial condition? There are tertiary
indicators as well. Of those hosting providers, how many moved into
new digs this year? They moving up? Or scaling back? I doubt very
seriously that the leg-work will pay off (see below for why) but it
would be an interesting exercise. If you do undertake it, I'm sure
you'll be able to find a publisher who'll pay you a small amount (way
out of proportion if you do the per-hour calculation, so don't ;-) )
to publish it.
and how I can convince my co-worker(s) that Ruby is the way to go?
You probably can't 'convince' them. The choice isn't so much rational
as it is personal preference. There are, IME, two ends to the
programmer-preference spectrum: Java and Rails.
The spectrum is most easily characterized by the individual's
tolerance for delay in the gratification / feedback loop. I liken the
Java end to the guys who build the huge, elaborate domino knock-down
displays. Please understand that I am not criticizing at all; simply
making an observation on human nature. The domino guys get a big dose
of gratification when the dominoes all fall. But it's not about the
dominoes falling. It's about the validation that all the setup steps
were done perfectly. It's the validation that counts. If the
dominoes all fell because the ground shook, there'd be no joy.
So if I were you (embarked on organizational change) I'd ignore the
developers who've already expressed a preference for Java. Focus on
the ones that may be more attracted to a rapid-feedback model.
Introduce them gently; perhaps via your local ruby brigade. Get them
around some folks who are clearly having more fun than them. In any
event, they'll get some free pizza ;-)
Good luck and best regards,
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