I'm working on a framework (God I never thought I'd say that but unfortunately its true) to create simulations online.
I want a simple system to help empower people create training simulations. Its been a pet side project of mine for over 2 years now - and I'm going to keep going on it until I get it done.
Right now I'm looking at using Ajax via the GWT, which I've recently started learning, and JSPs - which I've used for about 7 years now.
I hear of this new technology called Rails, which from my understanding makes a good backend. Would an Ajax-JSP-Rails solution provide a good crystal around an open source project could crystalize?
Not only is that a good tech combination, but importantly, would that be the kind of thing that many people would like to contribute on?
Really, I want to get this project kicked off, and let it have a life of its own, so I can go back to making big bucks doing something completely different. (Which I need now after my 2 year quest to get this going :-) )
All advice is welcome.
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I really don't know much about Rails, other than the little I've read at the bookstore. It appears that one can quickly use it to create a backend, and I've heard that people like it. This is why I asked the question.
I'm use to writting server side code in java, but if something quick and useful comes along, I'm willing to consider adapting.
Ruby scares me, because I know PERL. PERL is great stuff, but in my opinion not very maintainable, and so anything that people say is similar to PERL does not seem a good way to go. (Sure maybe many of us geeks love it, but that doesn't mean its the best long-term solution.) But the little I've read about rails seems positive.
Originally posted by Skip Cole: Ruby scares me ...
If you're not wanting to go diving into Ruby, best forget about Rails. [ July 24, 2007: Message edited by: Bear Bibeault ]
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I'm probably wrong, but something about an 'object oriented language' with 'syntax inspired by Perl' just sounds like a bad idea to me. It may currently be all the rage, but that doesn't mean it will be the shiznit forever. [Remember when EJBs were all the rage? I poo-poo'ed them as well ;-) ]
So I'm probably going to stick with a Ajax + JSP + Java + MySQL application for now.
If the app is useful, I guess it can always get translated into whatever we will be using 5 years from now.
Ruby on Rails and JSP don't really make any sense together. I've seen huge productivity gains once a developer is comfortable with Rails, however there's not point switching if you've already proficient with Java and JSP. Stick with that and look to an Ajax library that plays nicely with Java like DWR, GWT or Nitobi for Java. There obviously lots of other libraries like Prototype, jQuery and Dojo you could look at too.
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