Myself and Fintan had a meeting with potential investors in dbTwang (a new web-based service for guitar players, collectors and enthusiasts launching in 2008) yesterday evening and it went really well. We have a revision of the business plan to prepare which will incorporate some of the really good feedback from the meeting and also a heads of agreement to draft.
During the meeting the question of the technology we want to use came up and we briefly explained why we want to develop using Ruby on Rails. They accepted that and we moved on.
However received an email from Aidan Finn in the meantime - who runs the Ruby On Rails group in Ireland and therefore knows what he is talking about :-). Some quotes from his email:
There is a shortage of rails developers around at the moment and good rails developers tend to be expensive......You should also look at python or php developers. Good python developers tend to be in as much demand as good ruby developers. But there are a lot more php developers around and they tend to be a lot cheaper too. I don't think the language/framework used is that important. It's more important to get a good dev with a good portfolio behind them.
So - do we take a decision to stick with Ruby and potentially have a more expensive launch build and probably a remote development team or stick with it and have a more flexible development framework upon which to build additional services in future phases?
TouristR went with Ruby and Jan is happy. What do you think?