[OSM-dev] osm on rails

SteveC steve at asklater.com
Thu Jul 20 13:15:56 BST 2006

* @ 20/07/06 12:40:39 PM ben at somethingmodern.com wrote:
> As one of our resident Ruby evangelists, I'll chime in with some
> marketing:
> 1)  Rails has an immense amount a buzz, and thus looks great on a CV.
> 2)  Rails is promoted as a silver bullet for making sexy new web sites
> 	easier to develop.
> 3)  Rails provides an API for making web pages more dynamic (AJAX).
> 4)  Rails sits atop a programming language that is higher level than
> 	what most people are accustomed to using.
> 5)  Rails is free-as-in-beer.
> Does this sound familiar to anyone else out there?  Does anyone else
> remember the mid-90's?  "Rails is to Ruby, as an Applet is to Java."
> To me, Rails is an immensely overrated system for making easy websites
> slightly easier to write.  Big whoop?!
> Rails developers are shackled to MVC whether they want it or not, and
> Rails is fundamentally a one-to-many RDBMS system.  How does this play
> nicely with GIS-y stuff?  With wiki versioning?  How will Rails'
> automatically-generated SQL not be *slower* than what we have right now?
> Once developers realise they still have to write nasty SQL in Rails, and

They do? I've never had to other than very special cases.

have fun,

SteveC steve at asklater.com http://www.asklater.com/steve/

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