Ruby’s Top 10 of 2008: Thanking Those Who’ve Made Ruby Great This Year
2008 has been an interesting year for Ruby. Some people are going to remember 2008 as a snarky, uncivil year, filled with call outs, lay-offs and bitchiness. There has been an increase in negative articles about Ruby, even from prominent Rubyists. Back in November, KirinDave said that Ruby is in "a very bad place" and lacks momentum.. as if!
Back in the real world, Ruby has been doing just fine. Ruby 1.9.1 is due for final release any time soon, a ton of awesome libraries and technologies have been released or previewed, and Ruby (and Rails and Merb) powered Web apps have continued to flourish. This isn't because of any significant strides in the development of Ruby itself, but due to an ongoing effort by new and old Rubyists alike to keep making things better (and, in some cases, to put money in their own pocket - but who doesn't want to do that?)
Launching the Ruby Top 10 of 2008!
To celebrate just some of the people who've been working hard in the Ruby world in 2008 (or projects or companies), Ruby Inside is running a series of posts highlighting "top" Rubyists or Ruby achievements in several areas. The series starts tomorrow with "Top Teacher" and runs till the end of the month / year.
As each post goes up, this post will be updated with links to them, but for now - the categories are:
- Top Teacher - Satish Talim
- Top Presentation - Giles Bowkett
- Top Hitter - Jeremy McAnally
- Top Blogger - John Nunemaker
- Top Tool (winner unannounced)
- Top Evangelist (winner unannounced)
- Top Implementation (winner unannounced)
- Top Gem (winner unannounced)
- Top Team (winner unannounced)
- Top Event (winner unannounced)
So now you're saying "You could thank them in a single post!" right? Noooo.. they're all going to be profiled in posts spanning from now till the end of the year. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the show. Alternatively, get into the comments right now and say who/what you think should come top of these categories. It won't change the ultimate result, but it'll be interesting to see a wide range of opinions.
Want to feel some love right now?
If you're really anxious to find out who loves who, check out this 38 comment thread on RubyFlow where people made some nominations for this top 10. Ultimately I chose entirely based upon my own opinion, though only two of the top 10 were not mentioned there.. so it's well worth reading.