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PHP or Ruby on Rails or Django - which framework you prefer and why?

8:02 am on Oct 16, 2009 (gmt 0)

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Not sure if this is the correct forum for this but here goes.

I've recently returned to the server side world after a spell as a user interface developer and i'm looking at my options. I have tried to go down the .Net route but it just doesn't feel right to me, I feel happier with php.

The problem is that I feel PHP is great for quick scripting but when it comes to app development it is being pushed beyond what it was intended for.

There are some great looking frameworks out there but I don't want to discount Rails or Django right now, both look very promising.

Can I ask what your opinion is of Rails, Django or any PHP frameworks you have used? I would like to know what the strengths an weaknesses are and what they are good and not so good at.

There is plenty of opinion out there on the web but it tends to turn into flameing or "fanboyism" which kind of clouds the issue.

Any help would be much appreciated.


2:08 am on Oct 29, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm not a hard-core programmer, so I can't give a specific answer. A lot of it comes down to personal preference and coding style, many of these frameworks offer similar features, some offer a ton of hype and the "fanboyism" you mentioned. Pick one based on the maturity and stability of the project and whose stated aims most closely match your requirements - then stick to it and learn it thoroughly.

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