June 1st 2007

.Net Dollars

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I've been sidelined lately recovering from back surgery so I haven't posted at all for the last couple of weeks. I've been keeping up on reading my blogroll and I've started to notice a trend over the last few weeks. Folks (at least the ones that I subscribe to) seem to be getting a bit nasty towards Microsoft. And these same folks seem to be talking a lot about Ruby and/or Rails.

In no particular order, here are the links that I've picked out recently:

On top of all that, Microsoft isn't making many friends with their latest attacks on TestDriven.Net.

Personally, I've been playing with RoR for 4 or 5 months now and I'm convinced that I don't want to do much .Net anymore. However, I'm torn on whether that's realistic until Rails gains more ground locally. Quite simply, Jeremy Miller may have phrased it best:

...I wanted very badly to jump into Ruby development last year when I was changing jobs because the Ruby community just has so much more energy and passion than .Net. Alas, being a .Net developer just flat out pays too much...

Have any of you out there seen much for Rails jobs in Edmonton or even in Canada?

I'm Michael McClenaghan and I run Sideline, a site that documents my journey in software development over the past few years. I spend my time consulting with organizations that want to get better at developing software. While most people think I'm crazy, I seriously get my kicks helping software teams in chaos. You should hire me!

Written by Michael McClenaghan
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