Ask Slashdot: Is Ruby on Rails Maintainable?
Posted by Cliff on Wednesday December 21, @12:51PM
from the would-you-want-to-edit-the-code-later dept.
kale77in asks: “I’ve become a big fan of Ruby over the past few months,
but I’m not at all sure about Ruby On Rails. Automatic code generation
sets of alarm bells in my mind; so that, to RoR’s promise of ‘Web
Development that Doesn’t Hurt’, I automatically add ‘…until you have
to maintain it’. On the other hand, some writers and coders I respect
(like the Pragmatic Programming mob) seem to be fans. I’ve mainly
written generators in Python, to produce PHP/SQL/Java from SQL files,
but I’ve always gone back to well-constructed objects, where extension
and overloading offers more precise and maintainable customization than
auto-generation allows. So is Rails just a nice RAD tool for disposable,
cookie-cutter apps (which have a place, of course)? Is high-level
generation just a bad OO substitute? And what has your experience of
Rails’ maintainability been?”