Steve Coast of OpenStreetMap wrote a blog post recently about his view that Ruby on Rails is moving away from its focus on simplicity. He complains that several new features in Rails have made it too complicated for beginners to get started quickly.

Part of Coast’s argument is about the rate of change in Rails, but it isn’t just a matter of wanting to stick to the old ways. “We’re making it perfect and keeping up the number of new things to learn per month for people writing rails for the last few years,” he writes. “But we’re making it harder and harder for anyone to join the club from scratch.”

What do you think? Is Rails going in the wrong direction?