My Secret Life as a Spaghetti Coder
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This morning I was reading an announcement for another Rails-based conference (Not RailsConf, and I didn't think to save the email, so I'm not sure what I could link to here), and I thought to myself, "Self, isn't Rails supposed to be easy? How is there possibly enough to talk about that justifies having so much conference exposure?"

If it takes that long to explain it, surely it isn't easy.

Well, Rails is pretty simple - as someone noted on Ruby-Talk the other day, it doesn't take long to see that the magic of Rails is just its excellent use of Ruby, and even its strongest points aren't particularly hard if you see that it can be done (which I admit, is probably true about most things).

But as Venkat (co-author of Practices of an Agile Developer, among other books) pointed out today (completely by coincidence), it's not so simple that the brainless can do it. As he noted, in his move from C++ to Java he became more productive, but no one "would say that Java makes an ignorant programmer more productive." In fact, he asks, "Can your cat code my Rails app?"

I think my cat probably couldn't do it. But, can yours? =)

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