One of the reasons ASP.NET is successful is that it lowers the bar for Web developers.
I’ve been using Ruby on Rails for one of my current web apps that I’m developing, and it’s great (and every time I work on the other one, I regret a little more that it’s in PHP). It’s so easy to get things done, and so long as it’s not the first MVC web app you’ve developed, you’ll really appreciate how it works. I can only scoff at the above statement, from this page – as Simon Willison said, “Holy cow, ASP.NET is complicated”. Still, it’s by Microsoft, so it’s guaranteed that it’ll be pushed by millions of IT managers who know not what they are talking about…
Last weekend was another trip to Wales for me, but unlike the last few climbing expeditions, this was a mountain biking trip. Which, if you know me well, might surprise you: I’ve barely ridden a bike in the last decade, never mind tried tacking off roading and steep descents. We camped on a farm near Sennybridge (Llwynstyfillin Form), and I borrowed Jude’s bike for the first few days before hiring one from Brecon.
I had a great time, and quickly got back into the swing of things – even if I’m not as fit as I would like. I took my camera with me, but between concentrating on getting up the hills, and not wanting to add to the worries of falling off, I didn’t take it out and about. So no good photos from the first trip. (You can read into that that I’m probably going to do this again sometime!)