Opportunities and Obstacles associated with Ruby on Rails


The Ruby community has a lot of enthusiasm and positive energy to support each and every developer associated with it. Ever since the launch of Ruby on Rails there has been a huge demand among the developers because of the flexibility of language. However, Ruby on Rails are quite different aspects of the programming language and it is important to know different functionalities associated with it.

Ruby on Rails was initially launched into the web space on July 2004. It was initiated by David Heinemeier by the creation of a project management tool namely the Basecamp web application. However, its true potential was utilized by Apple Inc with the launch of OSX v.10.5 “Leopard” on August 2006. Nowadays, Ruby on Rails is believed to be one of the most elegant programming languages through a series of updates and upgrades.

Ruby on Rails uses the concept of  Model View Controller like other web application framework. Creation of development functions for websites and applications has been made a lot more easier with the availability of multiple tools. Ruby on Rails is the most talked about one among the website developers and the development experience provided by it has been double recently. Rails, as of today , have been in the news for more than a decade and with regard to Ruby the development experience is double. Both the languages have its own set of territories. Lets have a look at the challenges and opportunities associated with both of them,

Programming Environment

keep-calm-and-learn-ruby-on-rails-8The programming experience has been made a lot easier for the programmers with Ruby on Rails. The simple, easy to use and constantly updates framework has prompted a success for both the platforms. With Rails, web app prototyping can be done within a matter of seconds. A striking example of this is Twitter bootstrap module. Websites such as GitHub and Hulu also work on the same module. Even the high demand for Ruby revolves around Rails. The high expertise of Ruby goes hand in hand with JavaScript skills in the current market. All these above points clearly defines that Rails is a driving factor for Ruby business. With the additional performance improvements , both these languages have a long way to go,

Scripting and Libraries

ror_imgTasks can be automated and various functionalities can be stitched together across the web in Ruby which is much similar to Python. Third party applications, SDK’s and “Gems ” package in Ruby can be easily installed.  However, Python gets an edge with its specialized computing features, specially those related to maths and science. But Ruby addresses this gaps between the two with the provision of SciRuby and this brings forwards a healthy competition among both of these languages. However, libraries and scripting from Ruby and Rails still have alternatives and this lowers its competitiveness.

Speed, scaling and asynchronous

lorRuby and Rails are on the losing end with regard to speed, scaling and asynchronicity. Several legacy projects that are done with Ruby are suffering with their low performance scale. At the same time programs are rewritten in competing languages like Node.js and Go. A glaring example of it would be the Parse, a mobile application that switched from Ruby to Go for better performance. Similarly , twitter which was originally Ruby  project was replaced with Scala and a custom based java solution.

While the great experience with Ruby has to be maintained and continued for better opportunities for the developers. For further details on ruby on rails contact sales@veltrod.in.

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