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Friday, December 22, 2006

Ruby Re-Awakens Pune in 2006

In the early part of 2006, in my hometown Pune, everyone would associate Ruby with 'Ratnaraj' or "king of precious stones" as per our ancient language of Sanskrit. Over the year things have changed, and the Ruby language and its famous framework Rails are seeing a huge surge of popularity here.

Pune is a city located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is the 7th largest city in India with a population of 4.5 million, and the second largest in the state of Maharashtra. It is located roughly 120 kilometres east of Mumbai at an altitude of 560 metres above sea level.

Pune has a reputation for its several esteemed colleges and educational institutions, a reason why it is called 'Oxford of the East' (or 'Oxford of India'). It has a very strong presence of the Automobile sector and is on its way to consolidate its position as the 'Detroit of India' too. It is also home to many software and IT companies.

A little over one year ago, Dibya Prakash and I held the first meeting of the Ruby User Group of Pune - PuneRuby. This was attended by 25 people, mostly Java developers wanting to know more about this technology. PuneRuby has grown in strength with now over 400 members. SAP for Business Ltd. have been our main sponsors.

Initially, Reevik Technologies was the only company working with Ruby and Rails. Today, every software company in Pune has started working in this technology. Big players like Thoughtworks and Persistent Systems are some of the prominent examples.

With the ever growing need of Ruby and Rails personnel in Pune, a move in the right direction has been taken by IIMM, Pune. From Feb. 2007, IIMM have introduced Ruby and Rails for all their IT related courses.

At the beginning of the year, none of the books on Ruby and Rails were available in Pune. Today, the Indian reprints of all these books are immediately available.

On a personal note, I had the good fortune to meet and talk to many Ruby Gurus around the world via my interviews for PuneRuby. With their encouragement I published my Ruby Study Notes, which finds mention on the Ruby Official site. Recently, Dibya Prakash and I are in the process of forming our own software company - OsconLab (Open Source Consulting Lab).

Ruby is poised for growth and in the coming years you would hear a lot from the Rubyists in Pune.

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Saturday, December 16, 2006

Premier Institute introduces Ruby Rails

IIMM a premier management institute located in Pune, is the first Institute in India to introduce Ruby and Rails for all their Post Graduate Diploma in Management (PGDM) courses, starting February 2007.

IIMM today is ranked as one amongst the top 15 B-Schools in the country (India).
Source: OUTLOOK-Cfore Survey: India's Top B-Schools, September 18, 2006 and Business India, Oct 2006.

This is a move in the right direction as more and more companies are in the need of trained Ruby and Rails personnel in India.
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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Ruby books now in India

The good news is that the Indian editions of all the Ruby and Rails books are now available in India, courtesy Shroff Publishers.
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