Largest Ruby on Rails app?

Seen in a brochure at PayPal X: LinkedIn uses Joyent infrastructure to run the largest Ruby on Rails app with over 2 billion monthly pageviews. I thought LinkedIn was Java, when did they switch to Rails? 2 billion monthly? When I left my last company, our (PHP) app was doing over 7 billion monthly, and […]

…but you have to know RUBY to be our CTO

This popped in my e-mail box just now: Subject: Anyone know a top Rails programmer for Tech Advisor role Could be as little as one hour per week? Great opportunity for this person to inherit vp of engineering position once we get funded. We are close to launching, and hopefully to being funded. … This […]

I found a use for Ruby

…a place to send all the people who washed out coding PHP. I haven’t read this book so I can’t comment, however, I have yet to read a good “Pragmatic Programmer Series” book. The one all the Rails developers jizz over, is so poorly written and full of errors, I am beside myself. Please buy […]

Why PHP triumphs over Ruby

“I’m really low on my scatological count here…I’m sorry I didn’t crack enough jokes or use enough [cuss words], but I’m sure people will forgive me. They can just attend one of my talks and get their cuss quota for the year. And if not, coding these web apps themselves involves a lot of swearing—a […]

Ruby, Photography, and Women

My second twitterstalk was Andrei at Caffe Trieste in North Beach. Andrei is someone everyone should be nice to for reasons I mentioned before. He’s trying to get me back into photography. I think it’s because he has a photoblog now… from Andrei’s photoblog, 9 august 2007 and probably figures that getting my competitive juices […]

Have we reached “Peak Ruby”?

The Terry Chay peak theory, also known as peak ruby, is a not-so-influential theory concerning the long-term popularity of software languages. It predicted that future popularity in Ruby will reach a peak sometime in the year 2007 and then decline. Some observers believe that because of the high dependence of the language on hype, the […]

Web Code (NaNoWriMo 2016)

Web Code by Terry Chay Preface Programming, it turns out, is hard. —Eloquent Javascript (and typical) One day, a friend came back from a seminar at which the panelists were a coterie of white, male, twenty-something college founders of various startups you might have heard of. “They said learning to code is hard. They implied […]

I come to bury PHP, not to praise it?

(I received an answer request from someone on Quora for this question. At the time of my writing, there were only two answers, both that boiled down to “use Python.” While I feel I was asked to balance out that with some PHP cheerleading, I can’t bring myself to do that. Nor, can I hop […]

Why do Python programmers hate PHP?

Why do Python programmers hate PHP? I saw a colleague answer this question and thought I’d give a go: Are sure it’s just Python programmers? I think that relatively speaking Ruby developers and Java developers hate on PHP more (and Perl and Javascript developers less). From a software language design perspective, the PHP language is […]