PHP vs Ruby on Rails

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by uaecasher, Mar 6, 2009.

  1. uaecasher macrumors 65816

    uaecasher

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    #1
    hello,

    I'm interested in learning Ruby on Rails i heard that it's better than PHP is it true? and what side is it better than PHP
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Depends on what you're wanting to do. From what I've read, Ruby on Rails was designed to make database web apps quicker to develop. Not necessarily a better web app though. The programmer makes the biggest difference in any language.
     
  3. Kaliemon macrumors member

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    Ruby on Rails is a framework, not a language like php. So it would be better to compare Ruby on Rails to something like the Zend Framework or other php frameworks.

    With that being said. I find ROR a much faster development environment. I was asking the same question as you about a year ago and discovered the best thing to do is try different PHP frameworks and ROR. If you are coming from a PHP background, you'll find ROR a bit frustrating at times due to its concept of convention over configuration.

    I will say that I have switched to ROR as my primary development target. And now things that used to take several days with php take a couple hours at most with ROR. I will definitely say that just by learning ROR, I became a better programmer.

    An important thing to remember is PHP is supported by almost every host at a cheap rate, and ROR will require a VPS or dedicated host.

    To sum it all up. I think ROR is better than any php framework.
     
  4. designgenies macrumors newbie

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    PHP is just a programming language whereas Ruby on rails is a framework.
     
  5. sbauer macrumors member

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    If I were to develop an application and I had to pick Ruby on Rails, or PHP with any PHP framework, I would pick Rails without a doubt.

    However, my opinion is a little biased as I'm not a PHP fan.
     

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