Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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found joomla is the best cms. cakephp and zendframework suit for rapid web application development. PEAR are powerful libs. 7 years ago


I can’t say that anybody will ever find the perfect web application development framework simply because I think that one can never exist.

I’ve developed my own, called Canvas (found at, for PHP5 and I find it to be completely natural and, for the most part, perfect for what I need right now, though I know it’s weak in some places and strong in others. It works for me when and where I need it to.

I’ve used Rails and will use it when I can because I know it’s more flexible and more mature than mine, though deployment for Rails is a bit trickier.

I’ve looked at other frameworks such as CakePHP and Symfony, though I’ve not found them to be intuitive enough for my personal tastes. Code should and must be intuitive and beautiful, as semantic as possible, explaining what they do simply by the way they are used and named, wherever possible. Other frameworks simply fail in this regard (of those that I’ve observed).

I like mine and of course I’d recommend it, and Rails really is nice and mature, but I recommend simply using what feels natural and what makes you the most productive. Give them all a shot over a weekend and see which one makes you the happiest and productive. (Of course, you may have to learn a little bit of Ruby or Python or PHP or Java or what-have-you first.)


P.S. —I’ve included a little diagram of a (extremely simple) sample web application using my framework for your enjoyment. 8 years ago


I’m much happier programming in Ruby than any other language. 9 years ago

webmosherRails might be

But I like Mappers better than ActiveRecords… maybe a change is in order? 9 years ago

Guan YangRails!

That’s it. 10 years ago

Scott RaymondUntitled

Ditto. Rails. 10 years ago

Russ SmithRails

I would believe for me it’s Rails. 10 years ago

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