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5 Reasons Why Ruby on Rails Is a Great Choice for Web Dev

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5 Reasons Why Ruby on Rails Is a Great Choice for Web Dev

We take a look at several interesting aspects of the Ruby on Rails framework, and explain how these aspects help developers create software.

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During the 90s, Yukihirio Matsumoto, a Japanese software engineer, after struggling to find a powerful and easy to use programming language, decided to build one on his own. That is when Ruby made its first public appearance in 1995.

The language finally gained momentum ten years later when David Heinemeier Hansson created Ruby on Rails and built a custom web framework to speed the process up.

“Rails is the most well thought-out web development framework I’ve ever used. And that’s in a decade of doing web applications for a living. I’ve built my own frameworks, helped develop the Servlet API, and have created more than a few web servers from scratch. Nobody has done it like this before.” James Duncan Davidson, Creator of Tomcat and Ant

While we are at it, we thought, instead of listing down the most generic reasons, why not hear from developers’ themselves? They are ones who work closely with the language, developing websites, and engaging the clients.

They have the rawest, most exhaustive outlook on Ruby on Rails web development. Let’s hear what they have to say about choosing Ruby on Rails for your next web development project.

The RoR Know-it-All

I have been working with Ruby on Rails web development for the last couple of years, and I cannot seem to get enough of it. The first thing that comes to mind about Rails is its tendency to portray a cleaner code base with less redundant code. It is a well-known fact among the developer community that it prefers convention over configurations. This makes it much easier for us to configure files for set up.

Another good point worth mentioning is that Ruby is a mature language with a great community. It has a good standard library and a good package manager (Gems).

The RoR Pro

Give me a day to talk about Ruby on Rails and I will take two. Well, I have worked with Java, Python, and PHP and, for my last few projects, I moved to using Rails. Did I sound too expressive while giving the introduction? That is exactly how RoR is. It is as close to English as it can get.

The domain-specific language used in Ruby makes complete sense for me and never feels over the top. This provides me impeccable self-control while working on a web development project. It has increased my speed of coding and helped me deliver Ruby on Rails web development projects faster.

The RoR Geek

What do sites like GitHub, Basecamp, Shopify, Groupon, Crunchbase, Airbnb, Fiverr, Hulu, and Twitter have in common? They were all built on RoR. Twitter eventually moved to a Java server.

Throughout my entire career in Ruby on Rails web development, one thing I have come to like is its agile nature of development. As developers, we are able to divide the project into short ‘sprints.’

It helps us focus on each component individually and test it to its complete potential. We fine-tune every component before moving it to the next segment with Agile methodology.

The RoR Highbrow

RoR has enabled a collaborative and friendly environment for me. Due to its self-documenting nature, it has been easy for non-RoR developers to understand and pick-up any RoR web development project.

RoR follows Representational State Transfer which helps us developers organize more applications around the resources and standard HTTP verbs. Thus, we follow responsible development practices and share ownership, deal with vertical slices, and keep our focus grounded on clean coding practices.

The RoR Guru

I am immensely proud of our community. Being one of the most popular open-source programming platforms used by developers, the community has just become stronger with time.

A problem does not take more than just a few clicks before it’s resolved. There are answers to almost all roadblocks one might face during Ruby on Rails web development. Apart from that, we have a very rich library. It has almost anything under the sun one needs in order to complete a project swiftly. This has reduced the project deployment time for us drastically.

Conclusion

You heard them. Now you know why RoR is preferred over other languages. Projects that require Agile methods and quick turnaround time, can rely heavily on Ruby on Rails. And we alone aren’t saying that our developers second that opinion too. Get started with your Ruby on Rails web development project today.

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ruby on rails developers ,ruby on rails ,web dev ,open source community ,web development frameworks

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