For the first time ever, a Ruby team will take part in the Development Tools contest (formerly the RAD race) on the 23rd and 24th of February. Development Tools is a contest in which the competing teams race to develop an application as quickly as they can. Started in 1991, and organized by Software Release magazine, the Development Tools contest has grown into a showcase where development tools are evaluated.
Finalist IT, primarily a Java shop, has been working with Ruby on Rails enough that they’ve decided to field a Ruby team at Development Tools 2006. They believe that they can compete and win against the rest of the field (which includes a Java team also being fielded by Finalist).
The results of the contest will be announced on March 29th, 2006. Then, in April, Finalist IT will present a review of the experiences of their two teams. It will be interesting to see how things turn out. For more information, you can see Finalist’s web page about the event.
So, where will you be riding the rails today?