While Rails articles and blogs invade the web but I think (IMVHO), Rails will be used as a mentor for other frameworks than a widely used framework.
I mean, all the cool ideas in Rails will find its way to other (popular) frameworks but it will be hard to Rails to compete with PHP, Java and .Net
I think this is due Ruby language, yes Ruby is cool -you might say- , but how has enough time to learn a new language from the scratch ?
Rails doesn't need to "compete" with other technologies. It only needs to find a niche that it fits in, which I believe it has. I just tend to not work within that niche domain. You also are giving invalid comparisons. Java and PHP are languages. Rails is a framework. So saying... Rails to compete with PHP, Java and .Net ...just sounds silly.
A number of years ago I happened to read most of The Pragmatic Programmer and seem to recall that the authors suggested learning more than one language. Though I really don't have time to do so I have tried to spend some time on learning both C# and Ruby. One reason to do so, at least in my mind, is that it always gives you a new perspective and maybe better understanding of the languages that you do know. So I think that there will always be some people who do have the time to learn a new language. If it offers them something that others languages don't then the language will probably be successful.
Originally posted by Ken Januski:
A number of years ago I happened to read most of The Pragmatic Programmer and seem to recall that the authors suggested learning more than one language.
Learn at least one new [programming] language every year. Different languages solve the same problems in different ways. By learning several different approaches, you can help broaden your thinking and avoid getting stuck in a rut.
-- Pragmatic Programmer
The language of the year project - Pragmatic Programmer