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Coupa Technology – It’s Ruby on Rails

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Late last year I began recovering from all the Oracle technology cool-aid I’d read, repeated, and internalized. And as I mentioned previously, I began to recoil from the complexity of Java. Imho some of the IDE’s around Java simply make it worse – a complex wrapper around a verbose language. And before the flame mails roll in from the Java faithful, I’ll pre-empt them by saying a lot of people are doing great things with the language, including the team I admire over at Alfresco. But moving on…

I was surprised how far Microsoft had come with their .Net infrastructure – it’s really good stuff. In fact, hats off to Microsoft on IIS too while I’m at it. (Now why can’t some of the .Net or IIS people work on crappy Internet Explorer – I mean, come on, no transparent png support until IE7?)

Beyond Redmond’s wares, I was surprised to see PHP was now more of a real/serious language too, with much better OO support. Python seemed excellent & gaining momentum also. Many long-time open source advocates predict it will eventually eclipse the other open source scripting languages.

Intuitively (read: I can’t prove it) I began to believe the web applications infrastructure race wasn’t between Microsoft .Net and Java (which admittedly is a horrible apple vs. oranges comparison), but instead between Microsoft .Net and the best open source framework for for developing web applications. And increasingly I believed an object-oriented script language would be a better choice within whichever open source framework won out.

Now, I’m not sure if Ruby is that language. Further, I’m not sure whether Rails will be an open source application framework to rival .Net. But Ruby on Rails has worked incredibly well for us. The productivity gains vs. what I had come to expect at Oracle were shocking and continue to be amazing.

It is clean. It enforces MVC. It’s fairly powerful. We like it a lot.

I first traded emails with David Heinemeier Hannson back in December asking for his advice on whether Ruby on Rails was ready for enterprise software. And I have to say so far it’s been absolutely great. Thank you David!

If you haven’t tried Ruby on Rails or the Ruby language, I’d definitely recommend you give it a shot. And to you Java developers, don’t worry – from what I’ve seen you can make an easy transition to Ruby on Rails. But beware, you may not want to switch back!

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Written by Dave Stephens

07/25/06 12:08 PM at 12:08 pm

Posted in Coupa, IT, Opinion, Technology

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  1. Atleast one reason why I would like to stick with Java is

    http://www.timestretch.com/FractalBenchmark.html

    AnonymousCoward

    07/25/06 6:25 PM at 6:25 pm

  2. most script languages, and even Java for that matter, should rely on a language like C for math imho. and luckily most support and encourage c library plug-ins (including ruby) for that reason.

    here’s an essay i enjoyed on this topic – it concludes java is faster also: http://www.dmh2000.com/cjpr/index.shtml

    in fact, even if ruby matures and the ruby VM goes production & becomes mainstream, many believe it will always be slower due to dynamic vs. static typing.

    of course, assembly language is faster still….

    Dave Stephens

    07/25/06 8:54 PM at 8:54 pm

  3. Maybe Ruby on Rails is ready for the enterprise?

    What if all of us enterprisey folks were wrong to think that Ruby on Rails isn’t ready for the enterprise and we decided to ignore lack of industry analyst coverage, lack of any quantity of knowledge in large consulting firms or even lack of a si ……

    Thought Leadership

    11/24/06 7:05 AM at 7:05 am


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