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Ruby on Rails Hosting is Cheap

It was just like yesterday everybody was talking about the new thing Ruby on Rails. Anybody who tried it promises to never go back to PHP land. But following that promise comes the complains that it will take a long time for web hosting services to support it. Only a handful, with TextDrive as the leader, gave Ruby on Rails hosting accounts. That alone was a reason big enough for many web developers not to jump in to Ruby on Rails too early.

Anyway, this very cloudy day just brought a big smile. To my surprise, I just discovered that my hosting account already has Ruby on Rails support! This is not any fancy hosting account either. I am using a simple GoDaddy plan (the $6.99 per month plan) and Ruby on Rails is already here. Now you all can kiss PHP good bye.

I am for Ruby on Rails

Yes that phrase “Ruby on Rails” has been sounding in my ears for a long time, probably ever since it came into existence. It did not matter much really. It was yet another programming language, framework, whatever - so who cares. There are lots of things like that, the world has more than enough MVC frameworks than it ever needed. Not much of a big deal in such a big world. But once I saw this very graphic attack on Java, I knew that I had to give it a try.

class Package < ActiveRecord::Base
has_many :customers
validates_uniqueness_of :name

I am telling you. In the past 14 years I have tried 13 programming languages, 3 development platforms, done garbage programming, web programming, win32 applications, hardware interfacing and even industrial robots, yes. But I am telling you, nothing, and nothing even comes close to doing its thing as Ruby on Rails does.

Recently we saw some pointers about these web frameworks - why does one need something so strong and powerful for tiny projects? The answer is simple. It is the same answer you will give me when I ask you why you do not write you web applications in C++ or Assembly. Ruby on Rails fast forwards your typical web development cycle (say PHP) by a how much? Maybe 5 times or say 10 times? If you do not believe me, just try - and rediscover web development.