Sitepoint’s "The State of Web Development 2006/2007" paper cited an interesting statistic showing PHP programmers being the most likely group to switch to Ruby on Rails. More interesting was the reported gap between PHP and other languages in terms of the likelihood of a programmer jumping ship.
Matthew Magain, the article’s author said, "This surprised me, because it’s the Java developers that the Rails movement is targeting … [h]ere’s the question: do PHP coders know what they’re getting in for? Not to suggest that all PHP developers are burrowing away in an unstructured manner (we all know there are plenty of PHP frameworks these days that provide MVC separation and other similar benefits to Rails), but I wonder how many PHP developers are actually using them. Looking at some of the code out there, my guess is less than half."
Whether these statistics represent a fad or a trend is debatable, but two years after its birth Ruby on Rails is definitely still sparking interest in the web development community.
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