Why Ruby on Rails is a good choice for software development? My personal thoughts

In various sources you can read that Ruby is a programming language that is falling down. A simple stereotype that is yet not true. Clients often ask me about the advantages of using Ruby on Rails, as it is widely regarded as a less popular language, comparing to the others. Therefore, in this article, I would like to present to you the most important features of Ruby.

I will not hide the fact that I am a big Ruby supporter. As well as its Rails framework. At Codest, we have been realizing projects for our clients for 10 years. And this language works perfectly well there.

However, not everyone knows its most important advantages, and there are quite a lot. I have decided to choose the five most interesting ones and write a little bit more about them.

Ruby is great for MVP products

Quite often customers ask me about the fastest and most effective way of their product’s software development. Then I recommend the MVP approach. You can read about this in my recent article. Why even mention this? That is because Ruby ideally suits this type of solution. Ruby provides an opportunity to create basic application functionalities in a relatively short time. The progress of work, especially at its initial stage, is faster in Ruby than in other programming languages. In addition, Ruby is very flexible. It does not limit a programmer, who can delete or edit a code’s content at any time.

In addition, MVP also provides greater security and stability. During the development process, clients often change their expectations towards the project. With time, it turns out that some solutions are not needed, and, in turn, ask to add some other functionalities, that were not initially assumed. In my opinion, these are some of the common threats to projects that can be eliminated thanks to MVP.

Features of Ruby on Rails

Ruby is an ideal environment for web applications

Ruby, in combination with its most popular Rails framework, creates an ideal environment for the development of web applications. Why? It is a programming language that provides developers with great work comfort. Ruby and Ruby on Rails use the latest programming tools, which affect the time efficiency of an implemented project. When creating a web application, its first functionalities can be obtained much faster and with much less effort than the other programming languages. Therefore, the progress of application development, especially at the initial stage, is much larger.

Ruby is a flexible and safe solution

Ruby is a programming language, where quality is of outmost importance. Developers write numerous tests, which means that software has fewer errors. This is quite important as later you do not have to waste time making additional corrections and can focus on further software development.

It is also worth noting that Ruby, in conjunction with the Ruby on Rails framework, provides mechanisms that affect application security. It is built-in protection against XSS, CSRF and SQL Injection attacks, which are rated among the most popular attacks on web applications.

Ruby on Rails is effective

Ruby is used by the largest brands in the world

The list of great brands that decided to use this language for their product development proves that Ruby is more than effective. These are such primary brands as Twitter, AirBnB, Groupon, Spotify, Helpling, Kesko Senukai Digital, Slideshare and many others.

You are not convinced? Check the Github environment

Do you know that Ruby was classified in ‘Top programming languages 2018’ on Github? Moreover, the Ruby on Rails community, the most popular Ruby framework, is being actively developed on this site. At this moment, it already has nearly 4,000 users.

A wide community formed around this language is undoubtedly one of the key factors in its development. It provides stabilization. Still another highlight worth mentioning is that Ruby creates a low entry barrier for novice programmers. It is highly appreciated by the developers for both simplicity and the ability to acquire new skills in no time.

Read also:

– Is Ruby the most underappreciated programming language?

– How to finally close your backlog list in a software development project?

– Scope Creep and Gold Plating in software development projects. How to deal with them?


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