Hello all, I am trying to lay the foundation for a website that I am planning and I would really appreciate some feedback as to whether RoR is right for me and my needs.
I am creating a site that will allow users to "swap" physical items. They would need to sign up for an account, be able to manage and edit their account, and fund their account with "credits" through PayPal.
Next, they would be able to search the available items by criteria, and when they find an item they want, they can claim the item. This will then remove it from public view, place the item into a "pending" dock within the user's account, dock their initial "credit" from their account, and notify the owner that the item has been claimed and is ready to ship. This is the idea in a quick nutshell.
I basically need really similar functionality to eBay (although not nearly on that type of scale), without the auction portion of the site? Does that make sense?
Would RoR be an ideal solution for this type of project? I have strongly considered building this in PHP, but I want to learn Rails and thought this project would be a good fit. Either way, it will mean learning a new language, and RoR seems very interesting to me. I just want some direction here before I actually dive in to building the project. If RoR is not the right solution, what should I look at?
I am an experienced XHTML/CSS coder, as well as a long-time user of Textpattern, so I am some what experienced with PHP. I am thinking that PHP might actually be better for this project, but RoR seems like a great choice as well.
I appreciate any and all feedback, advice, and comments!