April 10, 2007

There might just be a Silver Bullet

Filed under: Ruby on Rails,Software Development — NeilW @ 8:01 am

It is 20 years since the great Fred Brooks wrote Silver Bullet and since then we’ve managed to make the world of systems development a much more complex place without actually improving things very much. (Dave Thomas mentions that a web browser is little better than an 1970’s IBM 3270 terminal, except that the resolution is better when viewing porn).

Unfortunately having to deal with all these complexities takes development time away from solving the essential problems inherent in the application. Is there something that really takes these new pains away.

I’ve been using Ruby on Rails on and off for several months and it really does seem to help web application productivity. If you want to read why it successfully contradicts Fred Brooks assertion that there can be no more Silver Bullets, then there is an excellent article just published by 82ASK which states that Rails addresses the new problems inherent in Web application development and does it better than most.

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