Many of us came to Ruby by way of Rails (including yours truly about six years ago). We came because our current solutions were clumsy and inconvenient. We came because we appreciated the relative simplicity that Rails offered. And we came because we believe that change is often a good thing.

But not all changes are beneficial.

Over several blog posts, books, and a couple of years, the Rails community has begun to choose complexity over simplicity. Let’s talk about why. And let’s talk about how we can try to recapture that simplicity that we so once adored.