Why I must use Rails but cannot abandon PHP

I think I’m an ordinary guy.

At least in programming terms, I’m pretty ordinary. Over the last year, a lot of people have been talking about, how they would like to switch permanently to Ruby on Rails, but they can still only use it for spare-time projects, since their company/customers/etc. are very deep into PHP/.NET/J2EE/whatever technology in existing projects.

I definetely fall into this category, which then – through the philosophy that “ordinary” is made up by the most people – makes me just like everyone else.

I have my own programming company in Denmark. We used to call ourselves a “webbureau”, but skipped the last part, since now only 20% of our projects are plain homepages with or without a CMS. The rest are real application-programming, although mostly with a webbased interface.

Most of our projects are developed in PHP. That means we have a lot of finished solutions for our customers in PHP, which again explains why it will be quite costly to abandon this language alltogether. Besides, I’ve come to like PHP, since it saved me from the IMHO hideous ASP/VBScript, that I used before (we’re back in ’98).

I’ve been a long way around. As a genuine C/C++ hacker, I’ve always had this urge to experiment with (for me) new things. This have included (in the past) Delphi, Java, and lately for web-development: Perl and Python (and some of its web-frameworks, inclding Zope and ). But always seeking back to PHP when it came to web-development. And my customerbase grew, and so did the software made in PHP.

So now when I’ve found Rails, I am in a position where I simply cannot just switch away from PHP, although I sure would like to. Rails is simply geniously made.

But I have just started a “spare-time” project, which I am making in Rails. And I will try to use this blog as a diary for this project. In the hope, that others (if any are listening) can learn from my mistakes.

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