Ruby on Rails hits the mainstream tech media

News.com and ZDNet are both running an article titled Ruby on Rails chases simplicity in programming. This is one of the strongest indications to date that Ruby on Rails made it onto the mainstream radar.

The trick, said Hansson, is to “slaughter the holy cows,” the well-understood ideas of computer science that dictate how programmers work. In many cases, software vendors design products for difficult problems, an approach that leads to excess complexity, he said.

His goal with Ruby on Rails is not to create a sophisticated development framework that the engineers at Google or Amazon.com will flock to. Instead, he has focused on creating templates and designs that tackle the unglamorous problems, such as making database modifications, that the great majority of Web developers face every day.

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