What made you look at Ruby?

(or Rails)

Before you knew too much about it, what got you to look at it in the first place?

For me personally, I was looking for ‘the best web framework’ and the ones that seemed to be talked about the most were Rails, Django and a few PHP ones. I really didn’t like PHP so was left with Rails and Django.

I then started to look at the languages and Ruby won by a very big mile. It seemed to be easy to learn yet very powerful and just ‘made sense’ :slight_smile:

I was doing my final year project at university and trying to build a website.
I had through of .NET or Java but they were difficult to start using.

After some research I chose between Django and Rails, and I picked the one that seemed easier :smile:

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I was hired for a project without my knowledge in a language I’d never heard of. Ruby, what’s that? A friend vouched for me.

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I had heard some good about it while I was at university. I tried solving some of Project Euler with Ruby, and to say it straight, my solutions were shit.

After university I got hired at a company that one of my friends worked at where they were doing Ruby on Rails. I loved it and have worked with it since. My Ruby is much better now, and I have revisited Project Euler and done some proper solutions for the first couple of problems. :blush:

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I needed a scripting language I could embed in a large java program.

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love in first sight ! because my first opinion about ruby is beautifull syntax. also ruby has great phylosophy.

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I was a python developer for about 7 years and I was so impressed by Django. But I back then Rails created a huge impression on version 3 and Just wanted to give it a try. I tested it for two month and BAAAAM magic happened.

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My favorite company at the time used it.

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I tried Drupal…but I didn’t like the experience, so then I tried Rails and enjoyed it much more. So I came to Ruby through Rails by way of dabbling on the side, then picking up freelance work, then eventually a full time job.

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In essence, it started with hype.

I was a long time “full stack” dev heavily invested in PHP, and kept seeing instances of people talking about how much more efficient, and fast you could be in ruby/rails. In general I was/am already a fan of interpreted languages, and scripting languages as a whole, and after seeing the tools people had developed, I was sold.

That ties into the next major draw, the community. After I dove in, I actually obtained a “junior” ruby/rails dev position despite being a “senior” LAMP dev. This was a great blessing, because I was paired with a guy who was just an amazing developer. We also got the chance to travel to one of the “premier” ruby/rails consultancies in the US for regular pairing, which was incredible. Through that experience I learned that most of the community, though at times loud and obnoxious, was actually developers who were striving for the best development experience possible.

Lastly, _why, aka why the lucky stiff. He embodied what I wanted in a development lifestyle, to a T.

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I first seen Ruby in RPG Maker XP, at the time I really didn’t use much of it, but then I showed it to a friend and that friend influenced me in learning it, no regrets :smiley:

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