starting with RoR

disruptive tech wrote:

A newbie on Rails...

I am quite experienced at developing fully fledged sites in a variety of
languages - but mainly based around .NET and perl [not together :-)].

Forget all that, er, stuff - embrace the Rails MVC architecture. (yes,
I'm a hybrid, do both .net and Rails, drives me crazy switching back and
forth at times)

am considering deploying a new solution in RoR and through pestering
etc, have decided to go for a fully functional data intensive project in
RoR.

Excellent!

I'm used to building up tables by hand...I'm aware there is a faster way
of doing it in RoR - should I be old fashioned and comfortable or plunge
right in to the Ruby way?

Embrace the Rails way... migrations are your friend.