I am sure every framework/languages have their own merits so, in order to be a bit more specific about what I am looking for, my requirements are:
I am pretty much newbie in all server-side stuff. So far I have been tweaking some PHP code, but I guess I can say that, whatever my choice, I'll need some learning time. So I would appreciate something with a reasonably fast learning curve (unfortunately, I can't afford spending too much time on it).
I can't rely on help from colleagues, so I need something with a big enough community which can help (just like Sencha forums would be perfect!)
My primary needs are:
be able to manage user accounts (login)
be able to bind a number of data to user accounts (so that means most likely DB management)
be able to allow users to publish stuff, and comments (blog-like)
I could try do it myself, but I'd rather not re-invent the wheel and use existing stuff (modules, plugins etc...)
I'd like something clean and future-proof.
I need something that can run on a webhost (i.e. I don't have control of the machine)
My findings so far:
PHP could certainly do the job. However PHP is very large, so I'd better start from an existing software (like wordpress, or other) and tweak it (what I am already doing). Those softs usually come natively with jQuery. I would prefer to stick to one JS library if possible…
RoR seem to have been gained interest in the web community. As it uses MVC, It has some similarities with ExtJS4. Is there a well structured frame (e.g. if there are 100 people who have developped a login plugin, I would have no idea which one to pick)? Would it be a good idea to start from a software (like lovdbyless, btw also using jquery, if I am right)?
Because I have some familiarity with JS, server-side JS looks attractive. But does not seem to be offered by my current host. Also, is it mature enough? (features/plugins/community) Would it serve the purpose?
Thanks a lot for sharing your experience and your views!
silkjs does look very nice and very promising. I remember reading several posts from Mike Schwartz, mentioning it here in the Sencha forum; and I am sure he is doing an excellent job with it! (for those interested, you can also look at http://www.sencha.com/forum/showthre...ouncing-SilkJS
Just a bit afraid there is not yet a large community around it. Maybe Nodejs has more momentum. But of course, I may be wrong in my assumptions so all comments are much appreciated.