Sunday, May 6, 2012

Rails + OSX Developer Monopoly

Why are so many Rails developers using the Apple Mac?

  • 37 Signals use them! They even made a cheezy video about it!! 
  • Build quality is good and its a fashionable tech accessory 
  • Single platform across a team of developers makes for an easier life and Mac is the obvious choice
  • Textmate, the modern standard Rails text editor in many ways, is Mac only software
I’m not trying to dissuade anyone from using a Mac for Rails development – like many Linux users I like having a choice.

Ruby on Rails is not, last time I checked anyway, a Mac specific programming language / web framework.

Having just moved to the latest Ubuntu (12.04 LTS) as a platform for my RoR projects i’m finding it a comparably slick alternative to the OS X monopoly.