Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Sun hires the JRuby developers

InfoQ has an article on Sun hiring the JRuby developers and the implications of this step for Groovy/Grails. They quote Graeme Rocher, a lead developer of Grails, who (not too surprisingly) says that it will not have much impact. I beg to differ and here's why.

When I became interested in latest enchilada of RAD tools like Rails, Grails, Trails and so on the two I had a real hard look at where Rails and Grails. What drew me to Grails was the fact that it was close to Java so that I could use the myriads of existing libraries out there and that I could deploy it in Tomcat. But the more feasible it becomes to deploy a Rails application on JRuby the less valid these two arguments will be. So why would anyone go for Grails these days? In Graeme Rocher's Blog he quotes the tight integration with Spring, Hibernate, etc. and that they lokk at integrating EJBs. This might be of interest to some developers, but for me this misses the point of why I became interested in Rails in the first place: a very efficient and maintainable way to build db-driven web sites. If it is built on Spring or not does not really matter to me (at least for the use cases I am looking at right now).

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