I haven’t stepped in here since RoR 0.6, so please
I got the following internal email this morning; and
because I’ve only dabbled in Camping, Rails, and web aps
in general–I’m a floating-point number cruncher guy–I
thought I’d run it pass you before responding:
I’m working on archiving […] data for [a] project,
and [the Principal Investigator] mentioned using Ruby
as opposed to straight perl cgi. I am a “data modeler”
and have just branched into the perl cgi arena, due
to [staffing issues]. (Basically, they don’t have web
programmers that can do anything other than ColdFusion).
Anyway, I would like to meet with you to talk about Ruby
and it’s pros/cons in general, and possibly in relation
to the project [mentioned above].
I have heard that Ruby on Rails is only “easy” if your
data model/schema is simple, and you only present one
table’s worth of info on a form. I’ll bring a copy of
the E-R diagram to discuss, if that will help in determining
in Ruby is the right language to use for this application.
I also have the forms defined in html (used these for working
with [the PI] in determining what metadata to capture). It
looks like I would have to “redo” all the html to use Ruby
I’m also interested in the “security” aspects of using Ruby.
PHP (as opposed to ColdFusion) has been identified as having
too many security issues and therefore not encouraged here,
so I’m curious about Ruby/Ruby on Rails…
Oh, and the database is implemented in Postgres.
Thanks in advance for any light you can shed.