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s.ross wrote:
| On Apr 8, 2008, at 3:42 PM, Jeremy McAnally wrote:
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| And there are no similar companies who would either profit from or be
| helped by superior Ruby documentation? Everyone from IBM to Sun to Apple
| to (even) Microsoft now have stakes in Ruby. All the Rails-centric
| hosting services are stakeholders. Surely they are as invested if not
| more so than Zend and/or Yahoo in the early days of PHP.

Not really, no. Their interests are different than that of Zend or
Yahoo!. Zend benefits from sales of their PHP runtime (or benefited,
it's been awhile since I was looking at the state of the PHP ecosystem),
and Yahoo can recruit developers easier (their services run on PHP).

Sun, IBM, etc. profit by providing tools to developers. However, only
indirectly, since the runtimes, connectors, or IDEs offered are open
source, and not directly sold, or the projects were acquired to benefit
the core business (.NET/Java in case of MS/Sun, DB2 in case of Java).

And the Rails hosters? How do they profit from a better Ruby
documentation? They only have to care about Rails' API, and the Rails
blogosphere covers that, too (see Railscasts, for example). These folk
care about easy hosting of Ruby. And IronRuby or JRuby make that easier,
as well as the new mod_rails by Phusion will help in that area, too.


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