Well after working on it, I found that application development with Rails
and oracle was very productive. Ruby first has alot of the good features
from python and perl, and I would say even VB6, all combined togeather
in a consistant language. The libraries (gems) is vast and ever increasing.
In addition, countless plugins make it easy to add "big" functionality in a day.
To give people a head start:
1. Activescaffold - Good oracle and ibm articles - Plenty of AJAX goodness
2. RoleRequirement - Handles the security as finely as you wish
3. Widgets/Tabnav - Consistant menus and now tooltips
Things I had to fight:
1. Email import into windows environment - Solved
2. Import of old dbase/foxpro files into oracle - Solved
3. Import of "minor" database vendors table via odbc into oracle - Solved
4. Automatic generation of controllers, and models, with support for "my" plugins
If you want more info, checkout mentalpagingspace.blogspot.com
Now I believe a comment was said, that "You can generate a application in the time it takes you to do powerpoint". My current record is 40 screens in one day.
So I can now do a application in the time it took me to do a 20 page slide set describing it.