Gems are not a substitute for documentation

On May 11, 2008, in General, by Neil Stevens

Hey, Ruby on Rails people? Mephisto people? Heck, the whole silly Ruby on Rails world? Gems are not a substitute for documented requirements. Some of us don’t like to just install whatever come up willy-nilly and hope the versions are compatible, and hope that the next time we install we get the same versions.

I’m still offline as I write this, but I’d hoped to use this downtime to mess around and learn Rails. Forget it. I would never, pending a radical change in the release and documentation practices of Rails, recommend its use in a production environment.

Yeah, I know there are people who surely use it just fine. But my guess is most of those people are intimately involved with Rails development. I’m not, and I never will be. Should I have to be? I sure don’t have to be to use Django.

Ruby is the superior language, but it’s not worth this, when Python is good enough.


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