Need Rails Developers ? 9 reasons to Hire from India

Source : Stuckincustoms.com

Dr. Nic recently posted an article on advantages of hiring a rails developer from Australia. We are one of the biggest fans of Dr. Nic especially for his contributions to open source world and rails community.  I just wanted to post my ideas on advantages of hiring  rails developer from India.

1. Most Indian software companies require at least a 4 years bachelor’s (and often post-graduate) degree in Computer science or related subjects.

2. There are 113 companies - Working with rails -> country -> India and 590  registered developers  in rails on Railsranking as of today.

3. We have a strong local community and we regularly have Ruby meetups and Ruby fun days. You can find some Ruby event happening in India every month.

4. We are fluent in English and  can work comfortably with people from different countries and cultures. British, American, European or Chinese .  And its not just Software where we can collaborate with people and produce  world class work,  Ask Danny Boyle of Slumdog Millionaire.

5. We provide Ruby on Rails training services in or around South Asia

6. Most of the  rails developers are very passionate about the community. We have people who have contributed to  core rails, plugins and documentation. I still have to meet a rails developer  in India who doesn't have a blog with some useful  hacks .

7. There is always an economic advantage of working with developers in India. Therefore, we had $22 billion of business in IT services in 04-05.

8. Compared to Australia, we are not good in sports as majority of youth in our cities are working towards becoming   software developer making India the second largest population of code junkies with more than 650,000 geeks.

9. Not all of us are as good looking as Australians. But we  work very hard to make sure our code looks good and app works great at end of the day.

Here is a great post on Think Vitamin of working with web developers in India - why, how and what ?


Reporting the first full day Ruby Event in India: The Ruby FunDay

The First Ruby FunDay was held at Impetus Technologies, Noida on 22nd November 2008.

There was a lot of Ruby and a lot of fun.
It was an exciting event with a good number of developers in attendance.

People from various companies already working on Ruby formed the largest part of the attendees. Then there were a few Java programmers, who had come to checkout ruby or so it seemed to me. Also there was a group of students from PantNagar College of Technology. I really appreciate their coming all the way from PantNagar for the Ruby FunDay.

The event started off with Sur doing a presentation on Ruby, though he intended to cover metaprogramming, but a battery of questions from the audience didn’t allow him to go beyond the basics. Particularly developers from a java background were having a hard time embracing Ruby’s open classes and duck typing. Everybody enjoyed Sur’s session a lot as he let code answer audience questions.

Then we had a presentation from Aditya Babbar of Impetus Technologies. He talked about the problems faced in deploying and managing a Rails app. He didn’t speak about only the problem, but demoed a solution which Impetus has worked on to alleviate that pain.

Sid showed us how he used to make a Rails app multilingual using Gibberish before Rails added I18n support. Then he showed how life had become easier with Rails 2.2’s in-built internationalization support. His slides are online at slideshare.

After Sid’s session we were served a splendid lunch made at the Impetus Cafeteria.

Right after lunch, was the one of the most awaited sessions of the day. Gaurav built an AIR client for his fictitious app called Blabber! It is just a co-incidence that the application name sounds like Yammer. You can see the details of his presentation on his blog here.

Then Rishav gave a presentation on Sphinx, using Thinking_Sphinx plugin. He showed all the Full text search capabilities of Sphinx, and also proved why thinking_sphix is a better plugin than ultra_sphinx for beginners atleast. His presentation is online at slideshare

Akhil’s session was the last technical session of the day. He carried on Rishav’s introduction to Sphinx to show how Faceted browsing works with Sphinx. You can find his slides also on slideshare

And then we had the musical extravaganza. Sur and Hemant with help from everybody else present at the event, put up a great show with a guitar and their melodious voices.

A lot of presenters were presenting for the first time, but did a really great job. To say the least, we can expect the event to improve as we organize subsequent editions. It feels really great to be involved with starting Ruby FunDays in India.

To read a more detailed review, go to Ritu’s blog.


Presented at BarCampDelhi3

Yesterday, I attended third barcamp in delhi. I presented a session “Deploying rails application in EC2″. It was an amazing experience. We talked about EC2 and I have given a demo “How to deploy rails application on EC2″.

I personally didn’t like some sessions that are based on marketing. There were people from some hosting company and after every 2 mins they were saying “we are the best”. I think this should not happen in barcamp. As far as I know about barcamp, it is for sharing your experiences, Talking about new technology, but not for promoting your company.

I think that, at BarCamp there should be sessions on new things, not on the things that are popular and have similar other services.

There was a very good session by Jinesh Varia on Amazon Cloud Computing. He included Amazon’s simple storage system, and Amazon’s cloud computing(Ec2) in his presentation. He also helped me to answering people while the demo. He gave me a hint that very soon there will a news from Amazon that will surprise us.

I have uploaded my presentation slides on Slideshare.net:

Thanks to Impetus Noida for Hosting Barcamp for second time and Opera for Beer.


Third Delhi BarCamp

I have a great news for you guys. We are planning Third BarCamp on Saturday, 8 December 2007, in Delhi.
Venue is not finalize yet, We have some options and shortlisting the final one.
We are also waiting for someone to take the sponsorship ;-)
Some people have proposed their sessions, I am proposing two with Manik. List of sessions(as of now):

    * Deploying Rails app on EC2 (Manik Juneja and Akhil Bansal)
    * Comparison of various Rails Hosting services. (Manik Juneja and Akhil Bansal)
    * Using Jmeter for Stress Testing your webapp
    * Desi Social Networking - Visual web ( Swagat Sen )
    * Everyday Productivity with Windows Live Tools (Abhishek Kant)
    * Gurugeeks - A call out for Web Geeks (Navjot Pawera)
    * Web Semantics and Accessibility (Navjot Pawera)

If you are planning to Attend/Present something you or want to help us in any way please visit http://barcamp.org/BarCampDelhi3 and add you name in appropriate section.

So see you in the camp ;-)