Ruby on Rails in India: It’s getting hotter

Believe me! The scene is much hotter than what I had anticipated a few months back.

Good to see so many companies and developers jumping ( or wanting to jump) onto Rails/Ruby from other frameworks and languages.
This means increased competition for us. But it could also be consolidation time for the small agile Rails teams in this area to join hands to increase their offering.

Talking about demand; yesterday, I received a job offer from a “Big Indian Outsourcing company”.
The lady who called me read this blog, but probably didn’t read “technopreneur” written on the top.
So when I told her that I was running a company myself, there was dead silence for a couple of seconds.
Then she asked me, if I could give references of any Rails programmers.

I told her that If I came across good people, I’ll hire them and I’ll pass on the others to her.
Fair enough. Right!

Rails training in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Rails Training at Providence Network, Colombo

I travelled to Colombo last week to train a team of web programmers on Ruby on Rails.

God! I had never imagined, I would be training people on rails in Colombo.

The web programming team at Providence Networks and Solutions was great. They were very good at php and Java, and it seemed like they enjoyed the Rails training a lot.
Thanks to Ajay at ITVidya for connecting me and Providence.

A couple of observations about Colombo, unrelated to the training
1. Inspite of the communal/political probem, Sri Lanka is doing well. The airport is the first impression of any city, Colombo airport was sparkling clean and the immigration staff was very friendly too. The duty free shops were much better than ours, carried much more stock than our new “flamingos” and the staff was friendlier too.
2. The streets were neat and there were no animals or Rickshaws. I thought I would find them in all developing countries. Or do we have too much of them in Indian cities.
3. They have a well implemented parking policy in Colombo. It is not like the haphazard way of sadi-dilli. It’s probably a good suggestion to ask our politicians to stop visiting London, Singapore and Tokyo and rather look around nearby to learn how to implement urban policies.

And for the business minded, there are a good number of developers available at much lesser cost there, and they all speak English too. So you know you have an option available for your next offshore team.

It was a good trip and I look forward to visiting Colombo again. :)