I have a need to find a lower cost development and deployment solution and I have been reading about PHP and Ruby. I am such a newbie to either of these frameworks I don't have a good perspective on which might have an advantage over the other. I mostly have basic needs for my web applications:
Good Authentication Capabilities
Data Layer Access (CRUD)
Well documented and tested Script Libraries
My first application will need to handle online PDF forms. I will design the form so that on submit it will the send the data to the server in XML format for further processing. It would be great if one of these frameworks already had a library to handle this.