I am planning of building a social networking website like friendster
or facebook. At first, I was thinking of using Php and MySQL, however,
recently, I found RoR which I think pretty cool and start learn about
it. Hence, my question is: Should I use RoR or Php to develop the
social networking website? Which one is better, easier and (whatever,
bla bla bla...)? Any opinions?
Welcome to Rails. First of all, I think the world has enough social
networks. Unless you have an incredibly unique idea or just want to do
it for the exercise itself, I wouldn't bother.
Second, you're asking a group of Rails programmers whether the
framework they're using is good or not. The answer will be as you
expect: They will think that it is ;).
Your best bet is to try it on for size. Building anything substantial
takes months at the very least. Years more often. Some times even
decades. So investing a few days up front on the main technical
alternatives you're looking to choose between seems like a sound
investment. Then all you have to do is decide what is better and
easier for you personally to use.