We're a startup looking. A good usage model of our site is something
like the travel site Kayak. Lots of searching of database with
"stale" price data, with live crawling of many sites (for lower
prices), and various different views of information - a product will
appear in a results list, a full page overlay with details, and the
same product will appear on a map. Kinda like Kayak. Ajaxy.
Given the constraints of: performance is important (lots of data
sources merged), we're not familiar with the language (but our team
has not "core" web-framework under its belt, and some of the
programmers are more craftsman than architect in their thinking,
would RoR be a good fit? Alternatives (so far I'm looking at
We've watched some videos, checked it out, but we're in a position
where we need advice and may just go with it.