When considering scalability it is worth considering Gall’s law
A complex system that works is invariably found to have evolved from a
simple system that worked. A complex system designed from scratch never
works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over
with a working simple system.
Rails keeps things simple, so adheres to this law.
----- Original Message -----
From: Peter De Berdt
To: removed_email_addre[email protected]
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 11:50 AM
Subject: Re: [Rails] Re: Rails - where are the BIG web apps?
On 18 Jul 2006, at 22:00, Steven wrote:
Ken McMyre wrote:
Ok, Rails has been out for some time now.
Please, I'm not trying to flame - its just that these are the same
apps I showed my boss 6 months ago and I certainly don’t want to
and show the same ones. Surely there are more large scale RoR web
out there by now? I see PHP powering a ton of big sites, I was
expecting RoRs to have a little more by now.
I think the large scale apps are under development, soon to roll
just too small to be well known yet.
By the time they are large, the competative advantage to using RoR
have eroded because anyone in a highly competative space will be
it or something as close to it as possible in the Java/PHP world.
Big companies and well-known brands are conservative when it comes
technology choice. They will wait for the technology to mature
their techies use it for internal and side projects. Startups are
better position to take advantage of RoR and naturally they are
I have more or less bet my company on it and I'm surely not the only
Talk to me in six months.
Indeed, also keep in mind some rails applications out there are used
in private environments (i.e. the general public doesn’t see them).
We will be starting development on a very large application
(code-wise) in the coming weeks, but nobody will ever hear about it
because it’s customized development and will be used in a closed
environment. Already we tested performance of rails for a few of the
critical components (with lots of hits, selects, creates, updates,
deletes on very large datasets) and rails stood up very well and it
wasn’t even optimized with caching. And all of that on a simple
PowerBook G4 867, just imagine what it will do on a dual Xeon dedicated
I have faith in rails as do my co-workers and things keep getting
Peter De Berdt
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