What are your experiences with development frameworks and tools for building web applications?

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I've been building web sites off an on for about 10 years. 2 years ago I started using ASP.Net. I'm working on 2 projects right now, one using ASP.Net MVC and the other using Java / JSF / Spring / Hibernate. I've also used other frameworks (cgi/perl, php, ASP, jsp, jsf).

What do you think is the most productive programming environment for building web applications?

I have not used other frameworks such as Ruby on Rails, Glass Fish, etc. Are there any frameworks that I might be missing and should look at?

I'd really be interested in hearing opinions from someone with Ruby on Rails experience.


I find it's less about the particular language or environment but rather how comfortable you are with it yourself as a programmer - the more time you spend with a language, the more you become efficient.

You can give me a hammer, and I probably couldn't build a house with it. But put the hammer in the hands of someone who knows what they're doing, and they'll make something beautiful with it.