December 2006 Archives
Given the immense popularity of Rails, it's easy to overlook some of the other goldmines of the Ruby world. One of these gems is the Facets library. A collection of general-purpose methods and modules, Facets can keep you from engaging in repeated wheel-reinvention exercises in your Ruby projects. Most burgeoning Rubyists know to explore the Ruby Standard library, but I am continually surprised when talking with new Ruby developers who’ve never heard of Facets.
With my recent sense of decline in hype within the Rails world, this would lead one to believe that Ruby on Rails is losing its traction and companies have slowed down when it comes adopting the technology as their choice of tool for building web application.
This simply is not true. Case and point, take a peek at the recently launched Working with Rails resource indexing the worlds Ruby and Rails developers. I came across this site earlier this week and instantly signed up to recommend fellow Rubyists.
At the time of writing this post, I note the stats on the main page stating “5856 developers from 87 different countries”. What’s even more impressive is that this site launched 18 days ago.
I came across another site called HappyCodr which indexes all the websites using Ruby on Rails. This is by any measure a direct connection with how many developers have been contributing to the collective force of not only Rails developers as a whole who are building these sites, but also the companies (such as Amazon) and investment of individuals and venture capitalists who are backing Ruby on Rails as their preferred technology when building their next big application.
When it comes to finding a job, looking to be the one behind the scenes that makes these projects happen. The above tools are great, but the most impressive would have to be RubyNow’s resource of job postings specifically geared to those with Ruby and Rails expertise. I have seen a constant stream since I signed up for the site of approximately 3-10 jobs per day, mostly seeded from North America.
Another great resource to find a job is the infamous Craigs List. Nearly every major city in the world has their own site, each bleeding with opportunities for Rails developers. Simply find your local area, and click on the main link titled “Jobs” and type “Rails” or “Ruby” or any combination thereof, and you will be suprised to see even more companies looking to hire.
I like many others in the industry, am always on the lookout for quality opportunities such as the ones found on the sites above. If you have a site which you find that is overwealming you with opportunities, please share alike and leave a comment with the URL for others to help turn what may be their moonlight technology into their full time pleasure.
James E. Gray has been busily posting a series of articles about the ruby-talk to comp.lang.ruby gateway (The mail to news portion is discussed here). Given the impact that these have on the community, I’d say they should be required reading. Go take a look at them now, I’ll wait.