Thank you for 37 Signals. I've been watching David Heinemeier Hansson's RailsConf 2006 Keynote Address about CRUD and REST, and some of these quotes are great for people who have been in the trenches.
If you're defining a new schema [in Rails], and you want to use composite primary keys, YOU'RE INSANE!
...and he's right! By creating constraints, they're creating a new generation of competent, agile, powerful programmers.
Also, back to my rant about personalities selling products, services and ideas:
Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson are the right people to bring a Rails way of thinking to the world. Their personality, opinions, practices and public faces are the things that are making this different than a framework. It is more like a religion.
If you think you're the mastermind who can create the perfect pressure cooker and close the lid just once, you get Java.
I am not saying they're going to get sent to jail and become tabloid fodder or anything, but I find it very interesting the number of people who pay such close attention to these guys. It's almost like there are a lot of college Computer Science teachers out there who maybe didn't get their job done right, or that we need a new class of college professors to train the up-and-coming web-savvy developer kids of the future.
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