Rudy Guiliani on Ruby on Rails

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…we’ve ported our entire campaign platform from PHP to Ruby on Rails. The thing about ROR is that you essentially save yourself all of the time writing database interaction code and we haven’t written a line of Javascript, which appeals to me because getting it to run across every browser is where we end up doing most of the debugging. Also, our beta cycles have been cut in half simply because it’s so much easier to put multiple coders onto a Ruby project. We switched from Apache to Lighty and from what our customers tell us, the lag is pretty much unnoticable now. All of this time saving is key, because since 9/11 we just don’t know when we’re going to need to put emergency websites into place to inform the people about new terror threats or to give them the resources to tell us about suspicious activity. I think using ROR is going to save a lot of lives. I hear Obama’s site runs on Perl…

About John Herren

John Herren is a developer and technical consultant with focus on web applications. He currently serves as Director of Development for Primetime US, the company behind the hit movie and book The Secet. John was formerly staff writer and developer community evangelist for Zend Technologies. Along with founding neat experiments like TagCloud.com, John is an active member in the mashup community, working with API providers and speaking at conferences. He is a published author of Linux certification study material. John enjoys using open source software like PHP and Ruby on Rails to bend the web into exciting new chimeras of hyperlinked goodness. View all posts by John Herren

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