The Rails Way

I started my business all the way back in 2007. I was a Ruby on Rails developer.

At that time, Rails was a very opinionated tool. It told you how to organise your files, your database, and if you wanted to do something different it made things very hard for you.

We used to talk about “The Rails Way”.

There was a saying “if it's hard to do then you're doing it wrong”

Rails changed - version three was basically a total rewrite which was significantly more modular - and the rails way dropped out of favour.

But there's something about “if it's hard to do you're doing it wrong” I keep coming back to.

You don't procrastinate over the stuff you love to do. You dive straight in and get on with it. You get in the flow, time becomes meaningless and you love what you're creating.

Maybe it doesn't apply to the employed, but for those of us who work for ourselves, why does it have to be hard to do? Maybe we're just doing it wrong.

Rahoul Baruah

Rahoul Baruah

Rubyist since 1.8.6. Freelancer since 2007, dedicated to building incredible, low-cost, bespoke software for tiny businesses. Also CTO at Collabor8Online.
Leeds, England