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We're looking to the future, to build more interactive apps - "Web 2.0 stuff" - into future projects. I've done a quick scan of the intro to Ruby, and it really does look like a fast platform to develop on.
But what I'm wondering is what are the hidden downsides? For example ColdFusion servers are costly and ColdFusion servers (esp. shared) go down/crash/lag far more often than other servers. One thing I know for certain is that if we built a big app in CF, we'd have to have a lot of servers, and watch them all the time. It doesn't seem very appealing.
I see that Ruby and Ajax... well, they seem to go together well, from what I glean, and that could be useful in the future.
Sorry to be such a n00b about this; there's a lot of good noise about Ruby but finding people talking about the downsides is difficult.