Dave Thomas just posted Eric Knapp’s report about how the productivity boost of Ruby on Rails has more repercussions than just the obvious saving of time and money. It is also an enabler for things that were previously not possible.
My client can no longer replace any IT employee when someone leaves. They are down to one network administrator (!) and two programmers.
Then I started sharing rails with him. I like rails and I tend to be enthusiastic. About ten minutes into my presentation he interrupted me and said, “So, this could save my IT department, couldn’t it?”
I this in an important, possibly overlooked, aspect of a 10x to 20x productivity increase, which fits in nicely with ideas I wrote about in The Longest Tail.