Amazon.com's AWS success has been largely outside of the enterprise, with small companies, departments, startups, and developers. This audience should, we're told, have an affinity for Ruby. Clearly, there's a disconnect somewhere.
NetBeans drops Ruby on Rails support
Just this week, Oracle's NetBeans IDE project announced yet more news bad new for Ruby adoption among enterprises and developers alike. The NetBeans team explained:
"After thorough consideration, we have taken the difficult step to discontinue support for Ruby on Rails in the NetBeans IDE. ... Although our Ruby support has historically been well received, based on existing low usage trends we are unable to justify the continued allocation of resources to support the feature."
Ruby on Rails will continue being supported on NetBeans 6.9.1 or earlier. However, as of NetBeans 7.0, NetBeans developers building Ruby on Rails applications have to decide between staying current with NetBeans releases and losing Ruby on Rails, or sticking with Ruby on Rails support through an alternative IDE.
Making sense of the Ruby hype
According to analysis by RedMonk's Stephen O'Grady, the alpha geeks on Hacker News are quite interested in Ruby on Rails. As RedMonk has previously stated, the alpha geeks are typically ahead of the IT adoption curve. If this holds for Ruby, enterprises should start seeing more of their developers interested in using Ruby and Ruby on Rails for the next project at hand -- potentially causing Amazon.com, Oracle, and others to rethink their low Ruby priorities.
I urge IT decision makers to exercise caution when considering Ruby for new enterprise projects. Jumping on the Ruby bandwagon, when usage statistics and vendor actions suggest caution, doesn't appear to be a winning IT strategy. On the other hand, using Ruby for a new application in order to learn the pros and cons of including Ruby into the IT toolkit is valuable, especially if the alpha geeks turn out to be correct about Ruby and Ruby on Rails.
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