After about 2 years of working with Rails on a few side projects, I have decided to drop any further development in Rails. I will be going back to PHP full force, not that I ever ditched PHP, as Rails was always an exploration for me. It served well on a few large projects mydiabeteseducator.org and fanboom.com, but I have found although its super fast to get up and running. I will usually run into massive issues with hosting and getting past the scaffolding phase. I really do enjoy the migrations, the database object model, MVC, and scaffolding was pretty slick. If you havent checked out Rails, I would give it a try – but most of my developer friends who have given it a try, end up going back to php.

If there is something Im missing or a reason why Rails is better than php, Im open to discussion.

Categories: PHPRuby on Rails

6 thoughts on “PHP to Ruby on Rails and back again…”

Luke Melia · July 28, 2009 at 5:17 am

The #1 reason I prefer RoR over PHP: Ruby. I find the language to be an order of magnitude more expressive and elegant.

Kyle · August 6, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Hey Jake,

Interesting to read this from you, as I have just stumbled upon a similar post from the O'Reilly Ruby blog from a few years back. Check it out

http://www.oreillynet.com/ruby/blog/2007/09/7_rea

Chuck · November 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm

Hey Jake, have you played around with CakePHP?

jrutter · November 24, 2009 at 12:07 am

Yes, I have. Its ok, sort of feels like a blatant copy of rails which makes me wonder why someone wouldnt just use rails. Have you played around with it?

Chuck · November 24, 2009 at 3:01 pm

I haven't, but I was interested in it for that very reason. Since I have experience with PHP, it seems like a logical step to do CakePHP instead of committing to Ruby/Rails (having to learn a new language, etc.)

jrutter · December 7, 2009 at 4:47 pm

Rails is pretty nice, tons of great support and now with Passenger it makes running rails a breeze. Also loved the tool capistrano for creating deployment scripts with subversion!

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