Forum: Ruby on Rails coolest startup?

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Giles B. (Guest)
on 2006-03-06 22:55
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OK, general question for the community -- what's the coolest startup
using Rails? I don't think "37 Signals" is a fair answer. I'm curious
as to what kind of other developments are happening. Are there a lot
of startups using Rails in the first place? Or do most of you who are
lucky enough to do Rails for a living (I'm coding Java, bleah) work in
large corporations? Or is it somewhere in between?

Giles

(ps, yes, if you're wondering, my reasons for asking aren't entirely
hypothetical)
John H. (Guest)
on 2006-03-06 23:35
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findlawton.com(loql.com), very early beta with no design set yet.
Giles B. (Guest)
on 2006-03-06 23:44
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> Search Result
> 0 records containing horny monkey



hmm. Google returns more results.

oh wait:

> What does this site offer me?
>
> The site is centralized to Lawton, OK. This website enables the user
> to search for a business by name or description, and it displays a search
> list off what you put in the text field.

ah ha. neat.

I suppose then it could be considered a good thing that your
community-specific search site didn't return any results for "horny
monkey." (although obviously whether it was a good thing or a bad
thing would have to be determined by your community.)



On 3/6/06, John H. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:
> large corporations? Or is it somewhere in between?
>
>
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Carmen -. (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 01:09
Giles B. wrote:
> OK, general question for the community -- what's the coolest startup
> using Rails?

i'll have to refer you to the resident experts @ http://valleywag.com

> I don't think "37 Signals" is a fair answer. I'm curious
> as to what kind of other developments are happening. Are there a lot
> of startups using Rails in the first place?

20% are using rails, 35% are using JAVA, 40% are using PHP, and 5% are
using everything else

> Or do most of you who are
> lucky enough to do Rails for a living (I'm coding Java, bleah) work in
> large corporations? Or is it somewhere in between?

i dont know. nobody ever wants to hire me, so as long as im going to
code im going to do something that doesnt make me want to go on another
shooting spree

>
> Giles
>
> (ps, yes, if you're wondering, my reasons for asking aren't entirely
> hypothetical)

i dont know if there are any startups that are on Rails and also have
been acquired by google. i mean maybe they could build some kind of
distributed abstraction layer to easily run an app across a few thousand
servers.. i only say this because im curious if the business plan for
'once we become as popular as myspace' is to fill up a room with mac
mini's until the electricity shorts out..
Serdar Kılıç (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 01:16
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I believe that Measure Map is based on Rails, built by Jeff Veen and
team at Adaptive Path but now bought by Google.

On 07/03/06, Giles B. <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:
> OK, general question for the community -- what's the coolest startup
> using Rails?
--
Cheers,
Serdar Kilic
http://weblog.kilic.net/
Giles B. (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 01:22
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On 3/6/06, carmen <removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:
> Giles B. wrote:
> > OK, general question for the community -- what's the coolest startup
> > using Rails?
>
> i'll have to refer you to the resident experts @ http://valleywag.com

"Gorgeous Google Gals: Semifinals Results"

wtf?!?!?!?!

OK maybe that was a stupid question.

> > I don't think "37 Signals" is a fair answer. I'm curious
> > as to what kind of other developments are happening. Are there a lot
> > of startups using Rails in the first place?
>
> 20% are using rails, 35% are using JAVA, 40% are using PHP, and 5% are
> using everything else

I think you made that up.

> > Or do most of you who are
> > lucky enough to do Rails for a living (I'm coding Java, bleah) work in
> > large corporations? Or is it somewhere in between?
>
> i dont know. nobody ever wants to hire me, so as long as im going to
> code im going to do something that doesnt make me want to go on another
> shooting spree

**another** shooting spree?

you know, realistically, if you're still in the workforce after the
first shooting spree, you must be one hell of a coder.

> > (ps, yes, if you're wondering, my reasons for asking aren't entirely
> > hypothetical)
>
> i dont know if there are any startups that are on Rails and also have
> been acquired by google. i mean maybe they could build some kind of
> distributed abstraction layer to easily run an app across a few thousand
> servers.. i only say this because im curious if the business plan for
> 'once we become as popular as myspace' is to fill up a room with mac
> mini's until the electricity shorts out..

Google Schmoogle...I'm just wondering.


Giles
Giles B. (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 01:25
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neato! gracias.

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Dave T. (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 01:40
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Currently, we're only one notch above as small as a startup can get: we
have two developers who work on the enjoyable stuff every day after our
day jobs are complete.

IMO, rails is the only framework that can support a startup of this size
- we'd never have gotten off the ground with Java.  We tried to create a
competitor to del.icio.us using a Tapestry/Spring/Hibernate stack and
just couldn't compete.  Now with Rails, our passion for the business can
glow without being smothered by  layers of XML ;)

Anyway, as for the "coolest" startup using Rails, I think everyone will
agree it is their own.

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Kenneth L. (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 02:01
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On 6 Mar 2006 23:40:05 -0000, Dave T.
<removed_email_address@domain.invalid> wrote:>
>
> Anyway, as for the "coolest" startup using Rails, I think everyone will
> agree it is their own.

My startup isn't cool.   :)

It's downright ugly.  I need a designer.  Help! ;)
John H. (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 02:10
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Same here.  I just started working with a designer, so we are still in
the
very early stages.  Everything on our site is concept at the moment.
The
name is also just a working name.

John
findlawton.com
Christopher C. Phillips (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 02:44
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I work for IndyStar.com/Intakeweekly.com (Indiana newspaper site
owned by Gannett) and am deploying two Rails apps this month.  One is
pretty much done and waiting for the green light.. the other I
haven't started yet.  Gannett tends to stick with the M$ stack, but
also has a few Java apps around.  There may be one or two Gannett
sponsored PHP apps...  IndyStar is the third largest site (about 30
million page views per month for online viewing) and enjoys/requires
a bit more autonomy than most other Gannett sites.  The main site is
hosted by Gannett and uses their CMS/Windows environment, while
everything database driven is hosted onsite which historically uses
PHP/Linux.

We have a huge demand for online database applications and I'm the
only one that does it, so I've been pushing for something like Rails
for almost a year.  I created my own framework that was done in PHP,
but it was a very ad-hoc stop and go development.  It's similar to
Rails but Rails obviously developed much more rapidly.  Since Ruby is
my favorite language, the Rails stack was of great interest to me.  I
finally got the OK once Rails hit 1.0 and after the huge hassle of
upgrading all of our cluster machines to the most current OS release
and doing a lot of proof of concept work, I'm finally able to deploy
something.

We have several large applications based on my PHP framework that do
calendaring, interactive sports, classifieds, etc and continue to be
developed in PHP, but I plan to do all new projects in Rails.

I imagine there are many people that are in similar positions.  Rails
is just now beginning to prove itself to the enterprise.  Those that
are coming onboard now are probably among the earliest adopters, but
it seems likely that corporate use will explode over the next year or
two.

The largest obstacle I've had to overcome is the extreme skepticism
regarding all of the hype Rails gets.  Rails is actually getting so
much hype it's detrimental.  It won't matter in the end though.
Rails is great technology and is already well out of the gate.

Chris
Dan H. (Guest)
on 2006-03-07 04:20
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Dave T. wrote:
> Anyway, as for the "coolest" startup using Rails, I think everyone will
> agree it is their own.
>
Absolutely!  We're using Rails exclusively in our startup.  We're still
in very early stages and there's not much to speak of so far, but we're
definitely excited about it and consider it the coolest startup on the
face of the planet!  We also know what reality is, but we're passionate
about what we do...

http://www.kingdomsolutions.com.au

Cheers,
Dan
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