Hello all, I am trying to lay the foundation for a website that I am planning and I would really appreciate some feedback as to whether RoR is right for me and my needs. I am creating a site that will allow users to "swap" physical items. They would need to sign up for an account, be able to manage and edit their account, and fund their account with "credits" through PayPal. Next, they would be able to search the available items by criteria, and when they find an item they want, they can claim the item. This will then remove it from public view, place the item into a "pending" dock within the user's account, dock their initial "credit" from their account, and notify the owner that the item has been claimed and is ready to ship. This is the idea in a quick nutshell. I basically need really similar functionality to eBay (although not nearly on that type of scale), without the auction portion of the site? Does that make sense? Would RoR be an ideal solution for this type of project? I have strongly considered building this in PHP, but I want to learn Rails and thought this project would be a good fit. Either way, it will mean learning a new language, and RoR seems very interesting to me. I just want some direction here before I actually dive in to building the project. If RoR is not the right solution, what should I look at? I appreciate any and all feedback, advice, and comments!
on 2007-03-23 22:33
on 2007-03-24 01:24
On Mar 23, 4:32 pm, "DigitalRealm" <cpe...@digitalrealmmedia.com> wrote: > Hello all, I am trying to lay the foundation for a website that I am > planning and I would really appreciate some feedback as to whether RoR > is right for me and my needs. Is it a database-backed web application? Do you have control over your database schema? Are you looking to learn something new and very cool? If you said yes to all three, then go for it :-) Sounds like it will be a great site. Start with books like Agile Web Development with Rails 2nd Ed. (pragmatic programmers) and/or Ruby for Rails by David A. Black; then also get Ajax on Rails by Scott Raymond; and then check out a bunch of Ruby and Rails blogs to find out what other people are doing. And definitely, certainly, without question, learn about writing tests in Rails - it's a big part of the fun with rails. Jeff softiesonrails.com
on 2007-03-24 01:34
Jeff - dude, you sold it so much better than me :0) Steve
on 2007-03-24 01:40
Hi, I would suggest spending a weekend with Rails and create a basic application. A great place to start is with this: http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/rails/index.html. It'll talk you through building an application and give you the in depth details when you're ready. As for Rails's suitability, it's worth bearing in mind that with most software development, it's not so much the language or framework you use, but the way you use it. Rails is perfectly capable of the achieving the requirements you have - but so are a lot of other languages. At the end of the day, it must be a personal choice. Steve
on 2007-03-24 13:38
On Mar 23, 8:33 pm, "Steve Bartholomew" <s...@curve21.com> wrote: > Jeff - dude, you sold it so much better than me :0) > > Steve Thanks for the replies! After doing a little more research into this project, I do think that Rails will be a great fit for it. I am going to start by getting a few books that everyone seems to keep recommending. I am already an experienced XHTML/CSS/JS designer/coder and I feel like knowing those things, along with learning Rails, would be a great combination for me. I am sure I will be back soon to ask a thousand questions!
on 2007-03-26 14:17
Stephen Bartholomew wrote: > Hi, > > I would suggest spending a weekend with Rails and create a basic > application. A great place to start is with this: > http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/rails/index.html. It'll talk > you through building an application and give you the in depth details > when you're ready. > > As for Rails's suitability, it's worth bearing in mind that with most > software development, it's not so much the language or framework you > use, but the way you use it. Rails is perfectly capable of the > achieving the requirements you have - but so are a lot of other > languages. At the end of the day, it must be a personal choice. > > Steve Steve, I agree with your last paragraph there! I was really considering PHP for the project because I am a little more familiar with PHP. But, in the end, I feel like Rails will be the better choice, A) because I want to develop this project fairly quickly, and B) I can then use Rails to further develop other things, while learning a new language and framework.