Seriously. Not only will you be able to develop web-applications faster and with more joy, but if you fill some of the many Ruby on Rails job vacancies there are going the recruiters might stop bugging me so often.
There are Ruby on Rails jobs out there
Or that’s what is seems like from talking to people at the NWRUG and Geekup meetings I go to and by the phone calls I get from recruitment agents. I know of companies worried about using Ruby and Rails because of concerns over the number of developers available. These companies need you and they need you to write web applications for them in Ruby on Rails! These are companies who want to use Ruby on Rails and they will hire you if you learn it.
I’m fine sticking with $some_other_language but thanks anyway
That’s fine, there are lots of jobs available using your programming language. Well, maybe not if that language is Coldfusion. But if you expand your horizons, teach yourself something new and can prove to others that you’re interested in and capable of learning then you’re going to be a more valuable asset. That’s going to translate into more pay and a more fulfilling job using a language as expressive as Ruby and a framework as labor-saving as Ruby on Rails.
Worst case scenario is that you learn Ruby on Rails and you can write your own web-apps a whole lot faster (you do write your own web-apps right?), your CV looks better and you have more time for the dull stuff that you fit around programming. Watching Buffy or something. You know, programmer social life stuff.
I tried Ruby and Ruby on Rails already but I prefer Python…
I tried Ruby and Ruby on Rails already but I prefer Cobol!
You don’t exist, go away.
You were thoroughly convincing, I’m sold
This post is so convincing that when I proof read it I nearly went and learned ruby on Rails myself, even though I already know it. If you want to you learn you can start here, and there’s going to be a local Ruby user in your area somewhere, sign up to their mailing list, we’re a pretty helpful bunch.
If you’re anywhere near Manchester, UK then come along to the next NWRUG meeting, it’s this Thursday and there’s free pizza. You need to sign up to attend.