Last week, 30 Second Rule was asked to speak at a conference of Arizona educators. I. along with Aaron Post and Dan Ritz, spoke on current Web development trends to an audience of about 35 High School teachers who are trying to teach their students Web design and development.
I consider myself fortunate the get the ear of such influential people. Long story short, I talked about (among other things) Ruby and agile development, and had a chance to explain their benefits.
Ruby wasn’t the only language I suggested students use; I was more interested in making an important general point than dogmatically pushing a particular preference.
But I do think there is a reasonable chance that Ruby could find its way into High School curricula (even if informally), along with agile techniques in general and an appreciation of open, rapid, lightweight tools.
It can’t happen too soon; one teacher told me he’s using Visual Basic.
And here I thought there were laws about contributing to the delinquency of minors.