A while ago, I posted an article about Rails in a development race. Well the results are in, and although the Rails team didn’t win, the results are encouraging. Their write up of their second place finish can be found here.
Just as a reminder, the Rails team hadn’t done any professional work with Rails at the time of the competition. In fact, in their write up, they talk about learning as they went. They even mention that this was their first time working together.
A couple of statements puzzled me, especially “Because of the limited amount of time we didn’t implement many tests which hurt us a couple of times during the judging. Simple typos yielded syntax errors at runtime.” In my experience, writing tests first speeds things up, and eliminates these kinds of problems. (Especially if you use a tool like autotest.)
I, for one, am excited to see what happens next year.