21 May '13, 4am

Finding Pivotal

The year is 2005. I’m one year out of school, and a year into a job doing PHP web development at a small development firm in Dallas. A co-worker tells me jokingly about extreme programming. He laughs about the absurdity of pair programming and writing tests. Another developer goes rogue and develops an application in something called “Ruby on Rails.” He’s learning the framework at the same time he’s developing the application. I boast that I could have done it in half the time in PHP. That developer takes a job for a company in Seattle doing Ruby on Rails. I spend another frustating year at the company in Dallas. Fast forward four years to 2009. I’m now living in Manhattan. Burned out on PHP, I’ve spent the last year doing free-lance Ruby on Rails development. I love it. It’s everything I wanted out of a language and framework. It solves all of the common, tedious problems...

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