Ruby Slippers?

Typically when you hear the word “Ruby” you think of Dorothy’s magical slippers, but that is no longer the case. Today all the rage is about “Ruby on Rails”, a hot new programming language amongst developers. It is true that Java developers in San Francisco area still make around $17,000 more a year, but it’s only a matter of time before Ruby on Rails catches up. Technology is constantly evolving and we are always Fueling Innovation.

While Ruby on Rails is the “New” hot thing it was actually created almost nine years ago. Like most languages it promises to simplify and make programming less complicated. It’s probably safe to say that Ruby on Rails will not replace Java, but rather just become the more dominant language. At the end of the day it will depend on the amount of developers that jump ship in its defense.

You can use Google to search “Ruby vs. Java” to find a multitude of comparisons. If you have some time I would suggest doing this as there are some rather comical videos out there. The common theme in Ruby’s defense is that she is elegant, meaningful and changeable. Simply put she is short and sweet. While it has been around longer and has more developers, Java is full of extra steps. At the end of the day they are both in demand.

West Coast Java developers may be making more than Ruby developers, but the national average based on PayScale’s median findings are as follows:

Ruby   on Rails


Less than a year $69,209 Less than a year $56,206
Five years $86,630 Five years $79,757
Ten years $102,198 Ten years $99,795

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