He’s been wrong before, and he’ll be wrong again. A fool never changes his mind, but a wise man does so regularily.
Whats great about this Ruby debate is that it’s at least resulting in developers making informed choices, rather than blindly following 37 Signals down a path without considering it carefully. At least programmers are learning what trade offs they are making when they choose Rails (or any web framework for that matter).
As for Wasabi, who really gives a shit. It’s about as interesting to me, as knowing what coffee machine they use in FogCreek. I am pretty sure it works, and I am pretty sure it’s just an abstraction of a version of fogbugz, once they realised they were doing the same thing over and over.
Similar to what 37Signals did with Rails, except not public or free, not known about, and written to use retardo languages.
I’ll still continue to read his stuff, even when he is wrong he is entertaining, and half the fun sometimes is in coming up with counter arguments in my head. As for Jumping the Shark, either side of this Ruby stuff he had written 3 great management articles, and an impressive guide on people management (recruitment etc), so the quality is there, just ignore the posts that could be perceived as flamebait.