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Interesting Post-RailsConf Thread at Scott Hanselman's Blog
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, May 24, 2007

So I'm trawling the net for any feeds that mention both 'rails' and 'debugging', mostly to see who might want to hear about the new Rails debugging capability we added to Komodo 4.1, and stumbled on the thread Is Microsoft...

So I'm trawling the net for any feeds that mention both 'rails' and 'debugging', mostly to see who might want to hear about the new Rails debugging capability we added to Komodo 4.1, and stumbled on the thread Is Microsoft losing the Alpha Geeks? " at Scott Hanselman's blog. I read this thread to see what some of the posters were saying about Rails debugging (in short, they think only command-line debugging is available; some say this is because it's open-source technology, others that it isn't needed), but there's more going on here.

At RailsConf there was a heated but very civil hallway discussion with Scott and Chris Sells on one side, representing the big house (Chris works there, and Scott is seen by many as a top-level Windows developer), and Martin Fowler and a few other people from ThoughtWorks discussing Microsoft's role in a world with Rails (sorry about forgetting your names, but that's what happens when you work with someone as illustrious as Mr. Fowler).  The gist of the thread at Scott's site, along with the discussion, is that plenty of developers are able to accomplish all their tasks without needing any assistance from Redmond.  Some developers would like to add to their arsenal of skills, but there's a matter of trustworthiness that other companies, for various reasons, don't have to contend with.

This thread is worth spending a few minutes reading, skipping the usual immature bursts of invective. Astute followers of this blog will expect the usual avoidance of planting a political statement in the ground -- we work with too many technologies at ActiveState for me to do that.  Further discussions over beers if you're in Vancouver, or in the halls at the next conference, are welcome.

I see Scott's top link is a podcast of an interview of his with Folwer and DHH.  Does anyone have a transcript of it  ?  I'm one of the many who can't find the time to listen through a podcast, but can read through it in about 1/10 the time.  I usually commute by bike through heavy traffic, so an interview will sit on the ipod for a long time before I get a chance to listen to it.

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I'll have a transcript done in a few weeks.