Yes I think it would be beneficial. I think the best way to show them would be to have more companies apply for students to do an industrial project with them using ruby. Ideally not just startups with no funding but well establish companies or well funded startups.
We worked with 2 interns from BCIT last summer on our startup. It was incredibly valuable for everyone. And I would give the students a great reference at any time.
Therefore my advise to students is to get off your ass and talk to some companies. They will surely find you a small project to work on for you to get real experience with ruby.
On Monday, May 12, 2014, Aaron Turecki <[address removed]> wrote:
I just finished the Software Systems Development program at BCIT. It's an entirely hands-on web development program administered through their Hi-Tech Professional department. In other words, it's designed to train us in those technologies that will help us find a job in the industry. I have to say, the program was incredibly rewarding - we covered a myriad of languages and developed applications well beyond basic CRUD functionality - but we never covered Ruby on Rails. When I asked our lead instructor why that was he suggested that with so little time available in the curriculum for newer technologies, Ruby on Rails is not relevant enough in terms of job opportunities. Instead we briefly covered AngularJS and Laravel MVC frameworks.
That being said, I've been to many local meet-ups and job fairs in the last several months, and many of the reps from start-ups and series A/B companies have mentioned they develop with RonR (I've yet to come across one that uses Laravel). Since then I've been developing all of my projects with it. It seems like there's an increasing demand for experienced Ruby developers and because Vancouver is known as a "start-up" community, I think its worth it for BCIT to offer a course on Ruby.
Anyways, that's my two cents. I've also heard there's quite a demand for Python and I don't believe BCIT offers a course in this framework either. I suspect they're being cautious when it comes to newer open-source technologies. For instance, I'm pretty sure we covered AngularJS because it was developed by Google. They probably decided it would stand a better chance in the job market in years to come.
Hope this helps!
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