Absolutely, Dave. 


We are a research center for Environmental Health Sciences under the School of Public Health. The projects are mostly secure, web-based forms and reports as well as some client applications.  Ideally, we would like to have all of our applications web-based. Examples of common projects we have are:

We're starting to create open-source applications that can be shared with other study centers. 


We use both MySQL and MSSQL, depending on the study although we would like to move to MySQL for all.


We're almost done with converting to Active Directory(AD) so that would be our means of authenticating users. Everyone who needs access our secure site -- that's most of our users -- must have an AD account.


Also, we've recently been building web applications in Groovy and Grails.

Does this help?

David Peterson wrote:
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Could you be a bit more specific with the scope of your project? The framework to chose would depend upon what exactly you are trying to accomplish.



On Wed, Sep 15, 2010 at 2:35 PM, Simone Q. Vuong <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
Has anyone explored using PHP with a framework -- I'm considering the Yii framework for PHP -- and/or Ruby on Rails?

Could you tell me:
  • what you are using it for,
  • your pros and cons for using either,
  • easy of use,
  • the availability of resources for learning and trouble-shooting,
  • references you highly recommend, and
  • anything else you find relevant.

Thank you kindly.

Simone Vuong
Health Studies Section

David Peterson
IT Professional
Office of Institutional Research
University of Minnesota

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