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The Battle Goes On. The battle of the IDE’s isn’t over, and neither is the battle between “old” and “new” programming languages. You need proof? Not only is Microsoft betting on IronPython, but there are several projects trying to get Ruby running on the DotNet CLR (check out the Close Ruby encounters of the .NET kind for details). On the other hand there is Sun Microsystems’ decision to hire two JRuby developers, with an eye to speed up the development of a Ruby-on-the-JVM implementation. What was that Chinese curse: may you live in interesting times?

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Food For Thought. There’s an interesting discussion on ‘administration interfaces’ for web apps built on Rails and Django going on at the RubyOnRails Blog: Streamlined: Taking admins beyond scaffolding

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Continuing With Snakes And Gems. I could (should) have reported this before, of course: “Apple includes Rails with Leopard“. At the very least, it’s a nice treat for the Rails bunch, and it falls in line with the Ruby (and other languages) support from Apple. But now I wonder: knowing that Microsoft is supporting Python on DotNet (see IronPython), will they include Django in Vista ;-?

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Snake Vs. Gem. With a bit of an overstatement you might say I’m still debating the “Python versus Ruby” question that I posed a few years ago – lack of time is not the best of excuses, but in real life it can be a very compelling argument. I don’t suppose I’ll find the best comparison in this video, but I’m making time to see and hear it all from Adrian Holovaty and David Heinemeier Hansson, in a double presentation of Django and Rails (there’s a link to the Google Video version as well).

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Ruby On Rails Dissected. Good seminar, with a nice equilibrium between “theory” (what works, what’s problematic?) and “practice” – Alain Ravet walked us through an RoR application and gave us a good view of what RoR development means in developer reality. And IT-Works did an excellent job to make the seminar attendants feel at home: they had even invited Lordi (yup, the Finns who won the Eurovision contest) to cheer us on!

 

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Ruby In The Spotlight. Since I’ll be attending a Ruby On Rails event tomorrow, I’m bound to signal these links:

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There’s more of the same about, but I have to go now: it just started raining and I want to take a shower in my garden!

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Have A Laugh… and check out the SQL on Rails screencast – really, it’s hilarious! And when you’re finished laughing, remember that even though imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, that does not mean that imitations are by definition equally “worthy” as the original (usually it’s the other way around). In other words: do we really need al those Rails-imitations?

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