Airbnb, Shopify, GitHub, Basecamp, Bloomberg, Kickstarter, Luminosity, Twitch, Urban Dictionary, Zendesk… Apart from being successful and popular, each in their own industry, they all have another thing in common – Ruby on Rails as their core technology.
Ruby is an object-oriented language that combines important features from several other languages. Some developers even say it is very close to English 🙂 Rails is a web application framework built around the Ruby language. RoR straddles rapid development and quite elegant, easy-to-understand code. Rails sets specific standards (rules and patterns) that facilitate the process of web application development.
You can use Ruby on Rails programming practically for anything, from e-commerce, marketplaces, FinTech, social networks, content management systems and advertising to science, e-learning, etc.
The number of web applications built with RoR is steadily growing. You can check it with Similarweb, or any other appropriate tool. Companies are constantly hiring RoR developers for their new and old projects. At the same time, it’s easy to notice that, being popular among small, medium and big businesses, Ruby on Rails is especially favored by start-ups. Why?
So, what are Ruby on Rails advantages and disadvantages?
With RoR, you can have your MVP ready to go online within hours. Rapid development is one of the main advantages of Ruby on Rails. RoR is great for creating prototypes! It has all necessary tools for rapid code generation, as well as a carefully designed structure for web development. As we’ve mentioned above, RoR sets specific standards, so developers do not waste time searching for a proper structure of an application or trying hard to understand what was written by their predecessors. There is another thing that must be mentioned… Sad, but true: when it comes to start-ups, there is much hiring and firing, so the cost of introducing new developers into a project is a crucial factor. An application built on Rails can be quite easily developed, deployed, and maintained by different developers, no matter who was there in the beginning. Plus, RoR has a very strong community, that provides all necessary help and creates a positive environment for sharing experience.
Yes, RoR saves you money and effort. With a plethora of 3rd party libraries of gems (ready made modules), you do not need to reinvent the wheel (i.e. create dashboards, user authentication, and other standard components) – you simply take all necessary components (not only wheels 🙂 ) from a ‘garage’ and integrate them into your application. Big plus – there are a lot of FREE RoR libraries. So your programmers can skip writing boilerplate code. Instead, they would spend time to better understand your business model and concentrate on building core features of your product. Moreover, codebase of one RoR application may be easily changed and reused in other projects.
As to the famous ‘Think mobile’ concept, RoR successfully serves as the backend for mobile applications. Also, it is quite ‘friendly’ to designers (in terms of templating system), which allows them to make visually attractive sites.
Having celebrated its 10th anniversary a couple of years ago, RoR is a mature technology, and therefore it involves lesser risks. Even being mature, it still evolves. Numerous members of the strong and super cool RoR community do their best to keep RoR up to date.
According to various ratings (RedMonk, CodingDojo, GitHub, etc), RoR is still listed among the most popular technologies. Ranked by Github’s Pull Request as the 4th most popular language, Ruby showed a 66% growth in 2016.
It is fair to say that sometimes RoR is criticized for being ‘not fast enough’ (in terms of runtime and boot time speed) compared to more ‘powerful’ technologies. Is that so?
Let us give you an example from our experience. Working with the now famous CityFALCON, we suddenly were put through a severe test during Brexit, when the quantity of DB records rapidly grew by 6 million within several days. Did we survive it? While processing 100 articles per 1 second, our product still delivered high-quality user experience. Some developers compare technologies with cars, so if you need a reliable vehicle that brings you to your destination safely and on time (unless you have plans on building some space battleship like the Imperial Star Destroyer, for instance), Ruby on Rails IS fast enough. 🙂
These 7 benefits are the major reasons to use Ruby on Rails for your future projects, be it an MVP or already established business. The number of websites built with Ruby on Rails is growing every day, so we invite you to turn your ideas into a reality with our favorite technology.
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