Bruce Tate gave an energetic presentation today to about 100 people who packed in to the NRC’s conference room in Moncton. The presentation was on the development platform Ruby on Rails and obviously there was a lot of interest. For instance, one of the sponsors, Spheric, is looking to hire at least 20 more developers.
Bruce’s presentation was just at the right level for a non-programmer like me. He calls Ruby the perfect platform for “clean database-backed Web apps”. He also showed how a lot of development steps required in Java are no longer necessary with the Ruby on Rails framework. What really struck me as a business advantage though, was the fact that the programmer can write the high level logic in plain language and this can be reviewed by the business lead before any code is written. I’m sure that this can save a lot of time and frustration.
Ruby on Rails is relatively new and the community is not as large as it is for more established languages. Developing skills in this rapid development platform could become a competitive advantage for NB organisations and is worth checking out. Given our small population, we need to develop asymetrical skills to take on new markets.
Please check out Bruce’s charity site, Changing the Present, because they granted him the time to come from Texas to New Brunswick.
Photo: Dan Martell, President of Spheric Technologies with presenter Bruce Tate