The next webapp I write, I think I’m going with some of the new hotness: NoSQL datastore, RESTful API, and Ruby. On a recent project I chose to use a RESTful API which I really like, but it definitely changes how you think of things coming from the XML-RPC way of doing APIs, but I still like its simplicity.
Unfortunately, I went with Java as the implementation instead of something like python or Ruby, and looking back I don’t know why I did that. I should know by now that python and Ruby are much easier to work with than Java has proven to. Hell even the build environment is a pain: ant – write xml build file from scratch, maven – reminds me of make with lot’s of pom.xml files, or buildr – ruby based maven replacement, annoys all Java people. If I had a do over on this I’d choose Ruby as the implementation language.
Since we’re using Java and needed a database we went with Hibernate. If I had to redo this decision, I most certainly would’ve gone with a NoSQL datastore like MongoDB or CouchDB, this way I could avoid the annoying mapping of domain model to relational tables which is highly annoying.
So if you’re planning a new webapp avoid the boring, traditional webapp design of using a relational database with ORM and compiled languages 🙂