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It's the end of an era. From 2005 to 2007, the "Web 2.0" craze, the release of Ruby on Rails, and the rise of Agile methods all happened at once. These ideas all fed into and supported each other, resulting in a cohesive movement with a lot of momentum. The long-term fact turned out to be that this movement didn't benefit large corporations that have always been and usually still are the main source of employment for software developers. So we have returned to our pre-Rails, pre-agile world of high specialization and high bureaucratic control, even if Rails and "Agile" still exist with some popularity.

The Web 2.0 concept, which was mainly just marketer-speak for using a lot of AJAX, survived and continued. Agile survived but was transformed into its own opposite. Rails continues, but it has lost its ability to draw newcomers, which was its source of vitality. This is not because the technology has changed, but because the world around it has changed.




The Web 2.0 concept was more about the read/write web and user-generated content than it was about Ajax.


That's not how it felt at the time.

In a lot of places, learning Ajax was synonym to learning Web 2.0.


The part you are missing is that 'agile' has spawned it's own industry that is going to be hard to supplant. From the 'if it doesn't work you're doing it wrong' to the 'we look busy so we must be busy' it's going to be some time before we can put agile behind us and get some work done.




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