David Heinemeir Hansson caught Scoble lusting after Rails and Django. I’ve been interested in understanding whether Rails is having the same impact on the .NET crowd as it is having on the Java crowd. If you’re coming from a .NET background, weigh in on Scoble’s comment thread.
The .NET environment seems more locked down than Java’s, which makes it harder for developers to wander outside of the vendor product line. Most people coming from Java have good experience with some form of Linux/Unix and associated tools so the LAMP/friends environment and conventions feel a bit more natural. Perhaps Udell’s advocacy of WAMP can put a chink the armor? I wonder how hard it would be to slap Ruby, Rails, and Ruby Gems or Django and Python into the WAMP click-and-install packaging. This would probably go a long way in getting people to take a look.
Anyway, this comes only a month or so after reports of a new Microsoft strategy to “extinguish LAMP”:
Having products that are engineered to work together–something open-source competitors cannot do–will ultimately make Microsoft products easier to run and more cost-effective over time, said Paul Flessner, senior vice president of server applications.
There you have it folks - we’re incapable of building “products” that work together. Being on Microsoft’s radar means that we’re going to have to be even more diligent in refuting baseless claims about our tools and processes. Luckily, they don’t seem to understand our core philosophy and, like most, see our approaches as quick-and-dirty rather than simple and elegant.
I have a feeling this is going to heat up over the next few months.