Basically, what we have in Israel is a chicken-and-an-egg problem. Why? because there will be no Rails programmers if the market (=big # of companies) would require it, and no company would shift to Rails development if there would be no developers to make it do that.
The problem starts in the way developers are "born" in Israel. They are either:
- become developers during their service in the IDF - no Rails there.
- become developers after a relevant academic degree - AFAIK, no Rails there either.
- become developers in different ways, most of those would try and learn technologies which are required by the market. The remaining few that would bother learning Rails (or Django) are probably those who also read this blog.
I think that in the US market, especially in the Silicon Valley, this is not the case. Developers there are educated differently and are much more likely to be exposed to Rails. The only Rails developer I know - learned it while working in the Valley.
Here's another one for you: how many Israeli web-hosting companies do you know that supports Rails? How many for PHP/Java/.NET?
So, even if I'd try and develop a Rails application for the local market, I'd have to host it abroad, which is a shame.
A while back I did a short survey regarding the buzz around Rails development and other web frameworks. Check out the replies. How many chose Rails?
Finally, I must admit that I'm no better. I had a chance to choose Rails recently, but didn't. Sorry, I couldn't find others whom I could hire if needed.