On Mon, 30 Oct 2006 16:31:27 +0100
Andrew B. [email protected]alid wrote:
I am looking for information about how to sell or pitch the advantages
of Ruby On Rails to businesses from a Web D.s stand point I can
see the great potential of RoR but I need to list these features so I
can then convince other non web developers.
One thing I would recommend Andrew is, “Never throw pearls before
Meaning, if you are working with or leading a group of developers who
are vehemently opposed to any new technology like Ruby, Python, etc.
then don’t bother. It’s not worth it to convince them since the threat
to their jobs and ego is too much.
In my opinion, you’re better off hiring a group of new folks who are
interested in learning the new stuff, then a mentor to train them, and
then use the previous group as maintainers. Eventually the previous
group will either find new jobs, join the new group willingly and
eagerly, or be happy to keep the old systems working. I think the best
people for this are folks with degrees NOT in computer science who are
smart and can already code.
My only word of caution is that when the old timers join the new group
you’ve got to watch for saboteurs. I actually worked on a project where
a new sysadmin got caught purposefully crashing our servers. He at
first was just killing the processes and changing file permissions
(Samhain is your friend), then him and other sysadmin friends would just
walk over to the box and turn it off.
I worked with another guy that would spend all his free time finding
flaws in RoR and then come to work ranting about them or demanding we
use these features so he could demonstrate how screwed up they are.
So just watch out for this. It happens a lot more often than you think,
and many times it’s just not worth going to the trouble to use possible
Hope that helps.
Zed A. Shaw, MUDCRAP-CE Master Black Belt Sifu
http://safari.oreilly.com/0321483502 – The Mongrel Book
http://www.lingr.com/room/3yXhqKbfPy8 – Come get help.