PHP vs Ruby on Rails

I’ve been using ASP as my main middleware language so far in my ‘career’, I think my friend back in time who got me into development was using it and I just tagged along… I’ve been playing with PHP and also lately Ruby on Rails but I’m not particularly good in either at the moment. I’ve created a small CMS in PHP and the regular ‘learn from an article’ site in RoR.

So with this new project I was stuck a bit on what language to pick, go modern with RoR or go plain and simple with PHP. I actually started quite eagerly with RoR but quickly got very stuck and realised I know way too little about the language and methodology to be able to produce anything this side of xmas… so PHP it is.

I think what we’re going to do is create a site that could ported to a more efficient language without any userbase noticing any real difference. Probably I’m going to develop phase 1 and possibly phase 2 and then get someone else to create the real masterpiece this site will be in the future.

I’m going to develop this site on my shiny Macbook Pro, which is also a very new experience, from a stationary PC with dual 19″ screens to a 15″ Apple laptop! ‘Shit creek’, ‘no paddle’ and so on.

So this project will basically be:

  • written in a new language
  • developed on a new platform
  • while living in a new continent

Should be nice challenge!

2 thoughts on “PHP vs Ruby on Rails”

  1. ah – you’ll be wanting this then:

    http://www.mamp.info/en/mamp.html

    MAMP installs a local server environment in a matter of seconds on your Mac OS X computer, be it PowerBook or iMac. Like similar packages from the Windows- and Linux-world, MAMP comes free of charge.

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