Well, Matt has done his job on blood boiling :)
We all know how bad random performance claims are. After all, I think we should show that a Rails PetStore app is a lot faster than “J2EE” ;)
Look at the apps that are written using Rails, and there are more and more showing up on the mailing lists. If it was so slow then they would be shouting about it.
Tadalist and co, all seem to run very nicely from my end too, and I have never experienced a problem with a Rails app.
It is also pretty easy to scale most web apps that people are building. How many are truly ‘enterprise apps’ that people like Mike Spille work on :)
Let’s stop the mud flinging a la ‘JVMs are too slow. How can you not write this in C!’ and let people make their own mind up with testing on their own apps!
My guess is that if someone gave it a try they would be very impressed with the productivity gains, and the app would surely run ‘fast enough’ ;)