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!