How 37s affects Rails

Ok, no one has said it yet so I will.

http://37signals.com/svn/archives2/bezos_expeditions_invests_in_37signals.php?102#comments

How is this going to affect Rails? Or is it?

How is this going to affect Rails? Or is it?

If DHH isn’t writing code, then the number of significant extractions
that will go straight into core will drop.

On the otherhand, the more conferences and public attendences that DHH
makes, the higher the public profile of Rails becomes.

But, really, thanks to Ruby, plugins, engines, and the gem mechanism in
general, Rails can be evolved and themed however each programmer likes.
If core never evolved Rails beyond 1.1.4, it wouldn’t matter. The
conferences would continue. The blogs will continue. The productivity
will continue.

Cool eh.

On 7/21/06, Wesley L. [email protected] wrote:


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The short answer is, it won’t. The post is a little light on details,
but
from what I read of it the Signals have given up a small portion of
their
company to a private investment company run by Jeff Bezos (NOT Amazon).
In
return they get two things (I’m probably oversimplifying): access to
Jeff
Bezos and his advice, and capital. The need for the first thing is
obvious.
Everyone involved in 37Signals is smart, there’s no arguing that. But
none
of them have built a large company before to my knowledge. Jeff has.
Access
to that advice can help the Signals potentially avoid making mistakes -
they
are after all, human. As for why they need or want the capital, who
knows.
But I’m sure they know, and I agree with Jason’s statement that this is
the
best way to get it. My guess is that they have some big plans, and in
order
to execute them in a timely manner, they need some capital.

As for Rails, not only has it been a game-changing platform for
developing
applications, but it’s also given 37Signals a huge amount of publicity
for
(basically) free. If anything, this will impact things for the better.
Perhaps they’ll hire a few people to work on Rails full time, or free up
David’s time so that he can devote more to it.

Regardless, I think there’s little or no reason to panic. This was not
done
without a lot of thought.

As for the people saying that this violates their “Getting Real”
philosophy,
I say “hogwash”. It doesn’t.

It also means Jeff Bezos must be a fan of Rails. It should help adoption
of
Rails within Amazon knowing the boss is a believer. Who knows, maybe a
high
profile Rails project will come out of Amazon now.

Steve
http://www.smarkets.net
http://www.trivionomy.com

http://37signals.com/svn/archives2/bezos_expeditions_invests_in_37signals.php?102#comments

.php?

I alopolgize if this is a faq, but the forum search feature is not
working.

-Steve

On 7/21/06, Steve B. [email protected] wrote:

They run SvN on Moveable Type, I believe.

Larry W. wrote:

On 7/21/06, Steve B. [email protected] wrote:

They run SvN on Moveable Type, I believe.

They explained in a post on their site the tools they use and some of
the reasoning behind the selection. Link as follows:

http://www.37signals.com/svn/archives2/the_tools_we_use_to_run_and_build_37signals.php

Michael

mmodica at cox dot net

Right tool for the job. Who cares what language it is built in.

Carl F. wrote:

Right tool for the job. Who cares what language it is built in.

Just to clarify, I’m not condemning. Just noting.

I’m a new Rails user in the middle of an evaluation of various web
programming frameworks. Every framework has a certain amount of hype
associated. So I’m attuned to looking for little real world signals.

For example, in the 9 months that I have been following TurboGears, I’ve
noticed that their site and trac go down for extended periods and nobody
can figure out what the problem is. Further investigation reveals that
this doesn’t really have a lot to do with TurboGears.

But still, for those of us in the forest of frameworks trying to select
one, appearances figure in.

I really, really, really, don’t want to come off as criticizing the very
solid policy of using the right tool for the job, though.

-Steve

Steve B. wrote:

Carl F. wrote:

Right tool for the job. Who cares what language it is built in.

Just to clarify, I’m not condemning. Just noting.

But still, for those of us in the forest of frameworks trying to select
one, appearances figure in.

Heh, heh, I hear you. I’m the same way. When I go to a PHP framework
site I ENSURE they are using their own bits, same for Django,
Turbogears, etc. I expect it. Eat your own dogfood as they say.
People are visual creatures. No screenshots for your hot new
applicaion? then I doubt I’ll even bother with the download, etc.

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