I have no doubt Elixir and Phoenix will be around in 5 years but I do sometimes wish Jose, Chris and the core Elixir / Phoenix team had a 50 million dollar a year SAAS app running where they continuously blogged about and made keynote talks about how all of these great features were rolled into the eco-system based on features that were running in production for months in their flagship app / business.
I know they do consulting on the side but it’s really hard to give tangible results due to NDAs and contracts, so chances are the best you can say is “we had a client where we did xyz”, but you can’t release the details so folks on the outside never get to see it in action.
In the mean time I tried to help solve this problem a bit by starting a podcast to chat with individuals and companies using Elixir and Phoenix.
I still think this is why Rails was so successful and continues to be.
Basecamp is just too good of a story to ignore. It’s this real business that was built in unison with Rails. You can be very confident Rails is going to be around and improve because for the last 15+ years it’s been improved upon based on building Basecamp and now Hey.
And even if Basecamp decided to go away tomorrow there’s GitHub, Shopify, AirBnB and other massive sites using Rails with a bunch of engineers from those companies contributing back to the framework, plus the list of core members who are unrelated to Basecamp.
It’s really easy to talk yourself into using it because you can say “it works for them, of course it’s going to work for me”, and the proof is there. You can click around those big sites and see how it all comes together and then envision “well I’m not building GitHub but my app does this similar thing”, etc.
And boom, you just talked yourself into using it.