Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Another Training

Another training's over. Very different but equally challenging.
Seems that Ruby's been making headway to corporate world as most of the participants this time were there on their employers' budget. When I compare it with our first RoR trainings around 2 years ago with Rails 1.0 just out and more than 30% of the things still on a wish list and the only way to learn RoR was Agile Web Development With Rails...this time it was much more business-like. There's like 20 books out, including a (bit obsolete) video from Linda.Com and pretty much everybody knows about rails.
Another aspect that has changed is Rails versions. With Rails 2.3 and Ruby 1.9 out there's a lot of changes and incompatibilities that complicate the learning. Most of the books and reference materials use Rails 2.0 or early versions of 2.2. This makes it little bit difficult to have training on 2.3 as most of the "further" reading is incompatible. While the incompatibilities may seem easy to solve for experienced developers they can be quite exasperating for a newbies. On the other hand, people are quite reluctant to start learning something that is already obsolete.
Similar is true for Ruby 1.9, even though after burning they're fingers several times until it got finally compatible with Rails most people would still prefer to use 1.8.6 or 1.8.7.


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