14 Jan '14, 4am

The Perils Of Opinionated Software (like Rails) via @instapaper

This is a guest opinion piece by Xavier Shay. Ruby on Rails, by its own admission, is an opinionated framework. From day one it has positioned itself as the Kryptonite to enterprise software, providing an easy to use, rapid development framework. The infamous 15 minute blog video set a tone which has continued through to this day: if it's not quick to build and in Ruby, we're not interested. Rails takes an extreme viewpoint, the polar opposite of the XML heavy, configuration tangled mess of traditional enterprise software. This viewpoint is necessary---without it we have no alternative---but that doesn't mean it is the best way to build applications. In their book "First, Break All The Rules ", Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman explain that the the common method of selecting top managers by looking for the opposite of bad managers is wrong. Research showed that this strat...

Full article: http://www.railsinside.com/misc/455-the-perils-of-opinion...

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