Topic: Does rails still have momentum ?
Please don't see this as flame bait. I'm just curious where rails is at in its lifecycle.
I'm relatively new to rails and ruby, so I've been playing with it in the evenings for the last year. My day job has me designing enterprise software in a large enterprise which is "pure" Java, but unofficially I write code in perl, C, C++, C#, PL/SQL, shell languages, etc. So somehow this eclectic track led me to an interest in ruby and rails.
I posted this a few days back because I've been having issues getting rails 2.2 working:
Really the problem is with MySQL/Ruby, so rails true-believers have an out.
After some goofing around, I upgraded to MySQL v.5.1 which I found is not supported by the current version of MySQL/Ruby v.2.8 (it only supports up to MySQL v.5.0.51a). Now MySQL v.5.1 has been available since at least 2005, so I found it odd that it was not supported by MySQL/Ruby yet.
This led me to try integrating rails with other databases. I tried Oracle. Here again, I encountered challenges. So next I tried sqlite3. Finally, I found an installation that went seamlessly.
All this isn't a big concern because I don't have any deadlines and I'm just having fun, but this anecdote left me wondering about rails. MySQL and Oracle are pretty standard database platforms. I would think rails integration with them would be trivial, not challenging. Now this isn't any different than other languages/frameworks. However, I just thought with the perceived momentum behind rails, it would have ironed out all the integration issues with the major database platforms out there. To my surprise, this is not the case.
So this leaves me wondering ... does rails still have momentum?