I’m developing an application in Rails and I’m using Extjs 2 for GUI/presentation stuff.
The following page talks about using Extjs with Rails: http://inside.glnetworks.de/2008/01/08/ext-js-and-rails-how-do-they-get-along/
It even provides a link to a plugin that provides a scaffold generator and extends ActiveRecord::Base to provide a helper method to generate ExtJs-compatible json.
But from what I could understand, the author only views ExtJs as a cool GUI for CRUD views. He does mention RIAs, but I didn’t see any mention of techniques to really develop RIAs with Extjs and Rails. His approach is useful only if you want fancier CRUD views or eventually use some of the ExtJS widgets in parts of your website/web app. Please, someone correct me if mu judgment happens to be wrong.
So, the main question is: What would be the best way to develop a RIA with Rails and ExtJS while still getting the most of out of Rails (RESTful design, testing, excellent maintabilty) and also from ExtJS (desktop-like experience, no page reloads)?
Please, share your opinions and experiences!