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Alternatives to Ruby on Rails

I’ve been learning Ruby on Rails for the past few months. Along the way, I’ve found several similar frameworks in other languages:

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I haven’t tried anything but the real thing (and I’m loving it) but I thought the list was a pretty good indication of the amount of hype and energy surrounding Ruby on Rails.

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Why would you say theese frameworks come from the hype of Rails?

Rails did not invent the Web-application-framework system, and certainly not the MCV system. I agree it may have agitated some of the developement, but to say the hype is directly linked seems a bit far-fetched, wouldn’t you say?

In any case, thank’s for creating this great list.

Sure, MVC and web app frameworks weren’t invented by Rails, but if you visit those sites, almost all freely admit to being inspired by Rails, thus my conclusion ๐Ÿ™‚

David, Avi:

Sure, Seaside is probably the biggest exception on the list, but I felt for the sake of completness it should be listed as an "alternative to Rails."

As David said, Seaside definitely wasn’t inspired by Rails – it predates it by at least a year. But even calling them “similar” is quite a stretch… what design decisions do they have in common?

The Wicket framework most certainly wasn’t inspired by Ruby on Rails. Though we are honoured to be on this short list as ‘Ruby on Rails’ type of frameworks, I can’t help to point out that nowhere on our website or our mailinglist we say Ruby on Rails was our inspiration (a search on google confirms this).

Now if you do want to have a great experience developing web applications in the Java language, I suggest taking Wicket for a ride. You may even like it.

Martijn: Just to clarify, I never stated that ALL of them were inspired by Rails, only that all could be alternatives to Rails and most were inspired by Rails.

I’m happy to see so many good projects out there, regardless of their origination.

So they like the comparison themselves? I see.. ๐Ÿ™‚ No wonder, RoR is a great framework, and it would be great with more of the same kind..

Can’t ever get enough good frameworks ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I tried out Seaside after listening to your interview on the Rails podcast. I’m very happy with it. Makes me look at the web a different way.

Please include Nitro and IOWA, both Ruby Web frameworks, in the list, and both developed independant of Rails.

There has been, and continues to be, quite a bit of Ruby Web dev going on outside of Rails, which despite the hype is not everyone’s favorite flavor of Kool-Aid.

Alternatives to Ruby on Rails

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[…] Fantastic. I’m enjoying using the framework but I don’t think its the saviour of the net and there are other frameworks out there that are just as worthy as Rails. Rails is good and its achieved a lot and in a very nice way. However, some others worth considering if you’re about to take it up are available at this blog. * Django in Python * Fanery in Python * Subway also in Pyton * TurboGears another Python framework * Catalyst in Perl * TrimJunction in JavaScript * Cake in PHP * Symfony in PHP5 * Seagull in PHP * PHP on Trax another one in PHP * MonoRail in .NET * Wicket for Java * Sails for Java * Trails also in Java * Seaside in Smalltalk […]

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