In our last blog post, we were discussing about Soon Seng’s decision to study Ruby. If you read that post, you would know a little bit about the Ruby programming and how it can help. Let’s dive in a bit deeper now and get more technical. This is what Ruby really is:
Ruby Programming. What is it?
Ruby is among the popular web development frameworks. It’s a programming language that came to light a couple of decades ago courtesy Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto. Similar to C and Java, Ruby is also a general programming language. However, it’s more prominently within the web programming domain. Rails, on the other hand, is a software repository that adds to Ruby programming functionality. The following are the reasons why Ruby is a much better choice for your site.
Faster Development and Iteration
If you take an in-depth look at the coding behind every fresh tech startup, Rails would probably be at the helm. And this is because Rails development is quick. In other words, you can create a web or app development project in a few minutes. This is much quicker than other programming languages that may even take days to get things of the same magnitude set into place.
The reason why Rails manages to get things done so quickly is because of its underlying philosophies. Simply put, the language comes with a range of pre-set defaults and configurations that decreases the total number of decisions required to make during coding. This saves developer time and gives them the ability to focus on the more important aspects. This decrease in decision fatigue means developers can get more productive with Rails.
Strong Developer Community
The Ruby programming language community has a robust developer culture. These developers constantly keep testing codes or ensure the other code lines are correctly working.
The field of software development is not perfect, and is ever-evolving to say the least. And with a software project growing in size, it gets tougher to track all individual software requirements and rules. When a code breaks down or doesn’t function as desired, there’s apparently a bug in the code. These bugs are common and come up quite regularly. However, if not corrected, the errors won’t just hamper software or website functionality, but also mar the business and image of any company.
If there’s a testing team in place, these bugs won’t take long to be rectified as the developer would be notified immediately once the bug appears. Such code testing and writing is integral to Ruby on Rails. Writing code tests is important to Rails and every responsible Ruby developer is aware of this. Other developer communities cannot truly boast of this cultural trend.
A website hack can happen in multiple ways. The Rails team is aware of this and never ceases to implement fresh security features and patches to keep Rails apps safe and secure. Past versions also receive the same level of treatment. This is wonderful news for small companies or individuals who cannot upgrade to the latest app versions.
Such implementation right at the framework level makes sure we do not overlook security – a scenario that’s fairly likely if the developer does not have a good web security experience. That said, Rails isn’t the only available secure web framework. However, it’s one that benefits from the knowledge and experience of a strong and big global developer community that is constantly at work to keep the security levels intact.
So that’s about it. Thanks for reading this long, technical(and maybe boring to some) post. What do you think about Ruby now?