I can’t tell you how happy I am to see your post! Not good for you
(or me) but I am relieved to see I’m not the only one affected by the
offshore model. I’m sure there are plenty of offshore people that read
these posts and this isn’t meant to insult them, but to let them know
that the model has definitely affected those of us who got to live the
good years in software consulting! The global economy has changed lots
of things and will continue to do so. Just so happens, the company I
work for will be utilizing those lowered salaries from a different
country to help do some telemarketing!
I came from the .NET world myself I will say that I like rails (and
ruby) even though I find myself completely ignorant to a world outside
of Microsoft. My biggest learning curve hasn’t been with Rails, but
with Ruby and, more specifically, the vast array of choices. By
choices, I mean which web server to use, which OS to use, and if Linux,
then the whole slew of stuff that comes with that. This is NOT an easy
migration for a Microsoft guy and it is very humbling to go from being
able to do almost anything in the Microsoft world to being completely
lost and having to rely on these groups for answers. But… I’m still
here! It is the future (and partly the here-and-now) and it is worth
the learning curve.
In my 10 years of developing applications, I didn’t once make a post
to a newsgroup or forum except when I started tackling BizTalk all by
myself. In the short time I have been playing around with open source
software, it is the only thing that has saved me. I’m completely blown
away by the support of the groups and the quality of information they
supply. I work from home and lack the kind of support one might find in
a corporate environment. I lack the core knowledge of these systems
that you gain by being around others who can “show you the tricks.” I’m
a one-man-shop and it is intimidating. But the community is great and
it always helps whenever I have raised a question.
On another note, I now exclusively use OpenOffice, I have a fully
functional PBX running on Asterisk and another server running on a
totally free software stack thanks to the open source community. I
never reboot the linux machines (that was just so uncomfortable at
first, but really, you don’t need to reboot them) and I have managed to
hack together a pretty cool little “CRM” app in Rails that we use to run
the business. While it is still in its infancy, it is functional and
relatively bug free. I “build as I go” and it is amazingly simple. For
all the hell that scaffolding gets, it is actually a very nice feature
when you need to add functionality on the fly and make it look prettier
and function more properly later on.
Next on my list: RAGI (Ruby Asterisk Gateway Interface) integration
with my rails app. Wish me luck!
I used to consider myself a “techie” - but I was so wrong. That was
also very humbling… The people you will find in these groups are
definitely more technical than I ever thought of being - even though I
was architecting large-scale applications.
Anyway, welcome! Sorry for the long reply. I hope you find a great
Open Source project to work on. If not, then consider helping me build
a vTiger / SugarCRM replacement on Rails! That is one of my goals as
soon as I find some spare time…hopefully noone beats me to it!
What a great open source project that would be for the ROR community!
Best of luck!
Michael S. email@example.com wrote:
having read “my job went to india” I decided to quit programming within
the Microsoft environment and start something different…
So, is there any RubyOnRails project that in exchange for “reviving” me
needs a loyal (code) contributor?
Thanks in advance
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