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Ask HN: What Would Happen if More Developers Charged for Python/Ruby Components?
4 points by danvoell 1776 days ago | hide | past | web | 3 comments | favorite
I am a beginner rails developer and I am intrigued by RubyMotion as a paid component and it's growth and support compared to the vast majority of stagnant open source ruby components. I am wondering why there are so few Ruby/Python components for purchase. I would think this could lead to more sophisticated plug and play tools since developers could devote more time to them if it is a source of revenue. I know this kind of goes back to the famous Bill Gates letter - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open_Letter_to_Hobbyists

Would Rails/Python start to become more like PHP? Would they lose more developers or gain more developers? Would it be bad for the language if more developers charged?

My gut reaction is it would become more like ASP.NET, where many libraries cost money, but largely don't appear to be of any higher quality. And having to pay for components discourages students and newbies from learning. I think it's hard to argue that the open-source nature of the ruby community has been anything but good for adoption.

That was my gut feeling as well although PHP seems to walk the line pretty well...but it doesn't seem to attract the most talented developers. I wasn't sure if that was because of deficiency's with the language or because of the saturation of components (many below par) for sale.

Do you really see all that many paid PHP components? I've run across very few. Most of PHP's quality code tends to be wrapped up in frameworks, and anyone new to programming or PHP in general has the unfortunate task of dealing with something like WordPress or mediocre/outdated tutorials without much guidance.

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