Best Approach to "Data Control" Website?

Hi guys,

I'm currently using a fully updated version of FC5 and PostGreSQL on a local machine in my office. I've also successfully setup RoR WebRick server and Apache 2.0. Today I have been going through some of the basic examples in the first part of the book, "Agile Web Development With Rails". I came across a statement that the "Component Approach" should not be used because it will perform slower and because it will create problems in the website maintenance arena. So my question is, if I don't use the "component approach" then what approach should I use? I've read that AJAX might hold the key to better performance...but does that mean that I have to start using JAVA?

My goal at this point is to do a "proof of concept" test website on the local area network that will have a basic website with a "MS Access like data control" to show my boss that it "can be done". Then I'll start trying to optimize it further. I would prefer to use PostGreSQL as the back end. And I've already gotten PostGreSQL working and have created a test database with tables and have successfully used PgAdmin3 to make changes to the database.

Any advice you can give me would be appreciated.


Arthur Baldwin