The blog of Rahoul Baruah from 3hv Ltd

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My name is Rahoul Baruah (aka Baz) and I'm a software developer in Leeds (England).

This is a log of things I've discovered while writing software in Ruby on Rails. In other words, geek stuff.

However, I've decided to put this blog on ice - I would ask you to check out my business blog here (or subscribe here).

26 September, 2007

Ruby, Rails, PHP, CDBaby, Digg and Link Baiting

James Hoskins makes a good point, on the North West Ruby User Group mailing list, about the recent Rails to PHP switch.


This my friends is what seo'ers call link bait. Notice the nice digg friendly title with a low number at the beginning followed by a lovely language war headline? Story goes up four days ago, story submitted to digg 3 days ago, look here:

http://digg.com/programming/7_Reasons_I_Switched_Back_to_PHP_After_2_Years_on_Rails_2

Story also forms basis for article at the register:

http://www.regdeveloper.co.uk/2007/09/25/ruby_rails_scripting_project_failure_2_0/

O'Reilly is going to push a whole load of ads on the back of this - plus all the link love - and CD Baby is going to get a whole lot of exposure.

Online marketing, you have to love it.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

cdbaby very much looks like a php site too. XSS/SQL problems in 3..2..1..
Love the blog, keep it up!

Baz said...

To tell you the truth I don't have much of an opinion on this - I just found it interesting.

I never really liked PHP to code in, but, partly as a result of that, have never done any serious work with it - maybe if I did I would "get" it. Whereas Rails "feels" right to me within a few hours of playing around with it.

If this CDBaby bloke thinks in PHP when I think in Rails, good luck to him.

Thanks for the kind words.

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