POST or ActiveRecord save?

Hi, I have an application in which I'm generating data on my PC at work and then sending it to a shared hosting site where a Rails application shares it out to the world.

I have 2 options for forwarding the data from my PC to the Rails application on the server:
1. Have a controller action in the Rails app that accepts the data through a POST operations
   e.g. POST data to something like - http://example.org/data/receive_from_client

2. Since the data on my PC is generated by a Ruby script, it's equally easy for me to use the development version of the same Rails app and use ActiveRecord with the database.yml properties set for the database used by the Rails app and save it to the database direct without going through the Rails application.

Is there any benefit in using one over the other? For example, does #2 leave my Rails application appearing more responsive since it doesn't use the application thread? Or am I just thinking too much?

Cheers,
Mohit.
7/25/2007 | 3:46 PM.

I'd say either way is fine, but IMO method #1 gives you the advantage
of being able to update the production server from anywhere, not just
your work PC.