So, the question for you who are RoR Gurus: is RoR the way to go?
Here’s the challenge…
A community service site (application?) that includes:
- Community Forum
- Blog (kind of - more like an editoral comment section)
- Weather Forecasts by locale
- Road Conditions
- real time weather data
- Searchable, by category & locale, Business Directory
- Live Camera feeds
- Searchable, by category & locale, Things do Do & See
- Searchable, by category & locale, Events Calendar
- Very tightly integrated with Google Maps
- All elements very tightly integrated with one another
- Highly interactive / responsive (Ajax no doubt)
I’m not looking for help with any of these specific elements.
These are not separate pages (or Views) but elements available and
emphasized to one degree or another in different Views. One of the
directions I would like to head is that much of the View emphasis
re-construction be done with JS on the client based on XML data made
available in the background.
I’ve built a site with many of these components (No Ajax, No background
data loading) using hand written PHP / XHTML and Open Source scripts,
but it’s becoming to unwieldy to maintain or modify. Also, integration
with Google Maps will already require a re-write of many elements.
I do not have a deadline (this is a quasi hobby someday to become a
business) so I don’t mind taking the time to learn. I just don’t want
to spend a lot of time learning only to find out that this is totally
the wrong tool set.
BTW, what is the difference between a web “site” and a web
Thanks very much, and please forgive my ignorance.