We started coding about 3.5 to 4 weeks before Open World. At that point, we still didn’t have hardware and there were a ton of unknowns surrounding jRuby running on the Oracle AppServer (and if it did, what performance would be like). We bit the bullet and went for it. Rails was an essential ingredient to this project. I don’t know of other frameworks that would have enabled us to build this particular application so rapidly.
Ruby on Rails is the shit! 😉