I use RoR because it excels at fast, quality development if one is
willing to learn and use its conventions. It is not perfect, but for
99% of business applications, it is more than adequate. My clients
have complex business problems that require well-documented,
methodical solutions - they don’t need gee-whiz buzzwordy anything.
I’m also not married to RoR - we’ve done projects in MS SQL Server,
Excel VBA (shudder) and ACLScript. We have a major web-based product
done in Java and C#. RoR is still in the ‘introductory’ stage in my
company - I’m driving it because after running a few projects on other
platforms, RoR is best suited to what I do.
Learn to solve problems and organize and present solutions. Sharpen
your English skills - for the US at least, it is difficult to get
clients to trust someone to work on their team if there is a concern
that the individual does not understand the language well. Your post
was well written and understandable, but there were some quirks to it
suggesting a non-native writer. For some, that can be an issue - more
than it should be, in some cases. If your English skills are
sufficient and your comprehension of the problem is such that you can
prepare and present quality workproduct and documentation, you will
be in high demand - and rightfully so. You will also be head-and-
shoulders above most people I have worked with in the US.
In short, don’t tie your future to a single technology - technology
changes. COBOL developers still work, but mostly on legacy systems. By
all means - learn it in depth, but don’t limit yourself, or think that
tool-specific knowledge will always be as useful as it is right now.
Best of luck.
PS - I assume ou were talking about doing outsource work from the
English-speaking parts of the globe. If not, then disregard the
‘polish your English skills’ bit - that is nice for the future if you
plan to work outside India, but if you can do quality work and
documentation in Hindi or whatever your target audience speaks and
reads, you should be fine.
PPS - COBOL Devs reading this, I am not disrespecting you, and I am
aware that there is still active development in COBOL going on, and
even new products, but you have to admit, it is somewhat of a niche
compared to Java, or even RoR.