Friday, July 6, 2007

php^ruby-on-rails

Evolution-wise, I think the closest thing before ror is "object-oriented MVC with smarty and PEAR::DB", just like bracketology, which offers a unique entry point to the confusing world of ror.

-- http://blog.clickablebliss.com/2005/12/24/php-vs-ruby-on-rails-part-1/

"In Rails, if you have, for example, a BlogController and it has a method called list, Rails will automatically use the list.rhtml file inside of a folder called blog in your views folder. Not only that, but Rails will automatically pass on any instance variables you were using in the controller so that the view has access to them.

Now, when I am doing something similar in my own PHP apps, I have to manually instantiate the template object, manually pass references to any variables I know the view will be interested in and then manually tell it what template file to use. While all that manual code is pretty simple and easy to write, on even medium-sized apps it starts to take a toll on the leaness of the codebase."

I think he's referring to something similar to smarty. Looks like this "convention over config" slogan is one aspect of the evolution from smarty -> ruby-on-rails

Other ror innovations over php?
* CRUD

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