Delhi PHP hackers

Lots of Delhi php hackers at barcampdelhi2 were interested in kapil’s talk about making the switch to Ruby (from PHP).
After completing the first iteration of slideshare, we estimated that it would have taken twice as long in PHP: and all of the developers on the project were experienced PHP guys who were new to ruby!
Good PHP developers seem to learn ruby and rails extremely quickly, so the payoff from switching is pretty immediate.

4 thoughts on “Delhi PHP hackers

  1. Lloyd Budd December 13, 2006 / 4:55 pm

    Is there an audio recording of the presentation?
    I am interested in what the “estimated that it would have taken twice as long in PHP” is based on?

  2. Jon December 14, 2006 / 7:56 pm

    You’re in luck! Here’s a link:
    [audio src="" /]

  3. Lloyd Budd December 15, 2006 / 2:55 pm

    Thanks for the link. I gave a listen, it was very good.
    I am still left thinking that the estimate on time saved is a number pulled out of the air, therefore not an estimate at all.

  4. Santosh December 16, 2006 / 9:34 pm

    On the other hand, it would take twice as long to hire experienced Ruby hands here in Pune. I am not against Agile. I enjoy working in Ruby+PHP just as much as I do in Java. I just find that adoption for serious development is hard when your an early pioneer.
    I have a specific question – I am unable to locate a PHP+Ruby complement to the JSR 168 Portal Specification, which has its origins in Java. Do pardon the complexity 😉 – but the specification is rather simple. If I paraphrase correctly, the specification requires a standard for portlets (or sub-applications within a portal).
    – Santosh

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