[Baypiggies] Official Language War Thread? - Rails vs. Turbogears.

Shannon -jj Behrens jjinux at gmail.com
Wed Dec 7 23:58:23 CET 2005

On 12/1/05, Rich Bodo <richbodo at gmail.com> wrote:
> For any interested party, take the subject with a grain of salt, have
> a sense of humor, and let's discuss web frameworks in Python and Ruby.
> I thought I would share my experiences w.r.t. these two web frameworks
> and see how they compare to other peoples.  These are mainly comments
> reflecting my first impressions.
> Here's where I am: I decided I need to learn to write scalable web
> apps.  The reason I'm learning Rails is that I was instructed to do so
> by a respectable web programmer (who is working in a Perl shop).
> I ignored his advice for a few days and tried Maypole first
> (www.maypole.org), but it reminded me that I've never enjoyed reading
> Perl.
> I've learned enough about Ruby and Rails to write simple CRUD
> applications.  In Ruby itself I've written a couple parsers and a
> small Rails app.
> I've written somewhate less Python - a few small programs. I've
> watched the TG Wiki-movie and read the turbotunes tutorial.
> Ruby:
> Ruby itself is interesting.  Most people love to write very tersely,
> but it still looks clean to me.  A typical experience reading ruby
> might be (from http://www.rubygarden.org/ruby?AlexNetkachev):
> # execute a shell command,
> # go through result and create XML in one line :-)
>  xp.string = `ls`.inject('<files>') { |xml, file|
>     xml << '<file>' << file.chomp << '</file>' } + '</files>'
> Personally, I would never write something like that, but even though
> it is written as tersely as the author could manage, I can understand
> it.  The iterator/code block syntax is probably not familiar to the
> Python programmer, but they are the first thing you learn in Ruby.
> Ruby seems to leave out every character possible, and somehow it's
> still more readable to me than Perl.  Maybe *because* they leave out
> so much, you have to read "less".  I think this minimalist aesthetic
> is a big part of Ruby's appeal.
> Ruby is also a curiosity.  Until getting into the Programming Ruby
> book, I had never heard of some of the features that Ruby borrows from
> CLU and SmallTalk.  There is a big novelty factor here.
> Rails:
> Rails, however, is where the aesthetic broke down for me.  Mainly
> because I have always recoiled from the popular practice of mixing
> code and markup together that is so pervasive in the Rails community.
> I'm having a hard time accepting it.
> On the positive side, Rails is very complete, and has a huge and
> helpful community.  So, once I get used to it,  it will do what a
> framework is supposed to do: allow me to concentrate on my
> application.
> Python:
> The reason I'm on this list is that I have had good experiences
> reading Python, and that's a huge factor for me.  I re-read code a
> lot.
> I can't help noticing that just about every library I download these
> days comes with working Python examples and without working Ruby
> examples.  Yes, that will change and yes, that was an argument for
> Perl over Python in the past, but there is no getting around the fact
> that Python is an "established" and for many applications the most
> established language.  This is a time saver and, rightly, a confidence
> builder.
> TurboGears:
> First thing I noticed is that, IMHO, the TG folk have a better website
> than the RoR folk (but they are both awesome for community porjects).
> This may seem off topic, but the website is  what is going to drive
> new members to the community.  The website says a lot about the
> momentum and longetivity of the project.  Each time I return the docs
> and examples on the TG site keep improving.
> At least from what I have seen, the templates look a lot cleaner in
> TurboGears (o.k. there is a lot of JavaScript in there but that's
> forgiveable). It looks to a beginner that the libraries behind TG are
> more mature than the libraries behind Rails, so although TG is clearly
> less well established, they get a lot from Python for free.
> Overall:
> Both of these languages are relatively easy to learn and read. Both of
> these frameworks are completely irresistable.  I feel I have to learn
> both.  As soon as I master RoR, I can't wait to get into TurboGears.

By the way, please have a look at Aquarium <http://aquarium.sf.net>. 
Although it doesn't have quite the same bling bling Web site, it does
have developers all over the world.  It's being used by large
companies all over the world, although most of them don't know it ;) 
It enjoys a quiet, stable, well-documented existence.  It's
appropriate for use in very large, very custom, dynamic Web

Thanks for your time,

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software engineering is to building a Denny's there.

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