When Should You Use Ruby on Rails?

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When our clients contact us with a web development project, we at BairesDev hear their idea and their requirements and start devising how we’ll carry out the whole project. Sometimes, we find that the best way we can tackle them is to resort to Ruby on Rails, just one of the many web development frameworks available out there. Funnily enough, many of those clients end up asking us the why of that choice.

After all, Rails isn’t the most popular web framework in the market. React, Angular, Django, and even Flask are all widely known and beloved alternatives. Why choose Rails? Well, while the reasons for that decision all boil down to the project’s specific requirements, we are confident in Rails’ capabilities and power. The fact that Rails isn’t as popular as those other alternatives doesn’t make it less useful.

That’s why we always have our Ruby developers on call when a web development project comes along: because, sometimes, Rails is the best way to go. Want to know more about our reasons for that? Read on. 

Ruby development

What Is Ruby Used For?

Ruby is a robust, dynamically typed, object-oriented, general-purpose scripting language whose main focus is in frontend and backend web development. Thus, you can use it to build web applications and web servers. However, as with any other general-purpose language, you can use it to build other kinds of applications, such as system utilities, database management tools, backup apps, and even highly-specialized software.

Ruby developers love it because it’s very easy to use and understand, thanks to its simple syntax that it’s as close as English as a programming language can get. This makes it easier to create applications with Ruby, which is why it’s also especially useful to quickly develop prototypes and proof of concepts. 

What is Ruby on Rails?

Even with its simple syntax, developing products using just Ruby can be a time-consuming task. That’s because there are many repetitive things you need to do and coding them in Ruby might be easy but that doesn’t make them less tedious. That’s why Ruby on Rails was born – to help Ruby developers in creating web apps through a powerful, efficient, and intuitive environment. 

Rails is an open-source Model View Controller (MVC) framework that has been powering all sorts of projects since its release, back in 2004. Thanks to its object-oriented nature, its strong focus on data safety, and with the help of its comprehensive toolkit, Rails has positioned itself as a good alternative for a number of projects, including:

  • SaaS systems
  • Custom platforms 
  • Online stores
  • Social networks
  • Custom API Development
  • Payment gateways

That list gives you a glimpse of the things you can build with Rails (and a clear clue as to which kind of projects can benefit from using it). But there’s so much more you can do with this framework, mainly because of its many benefits.

Benefits Of Using Ruby On Rails

Though anyone that has ever used Rails for a web development project knows how useful it can be, it’s important to review the main benefits of using Rails. Understanding those benefits is key to identifying the projects in which Rails might be the way to go. Those include:

  • 1

    Increased development speed

    Rails is very simple and has a streamlined code that allows you to make more by writing fewer lines. All that has a huge impact on the time it takes to develop an entire project, as you don’t have to spend a lot of time writing redundant code.

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    High flexibility

    Since Ruby is a general-purpose language (and Rails is written with it) you can tackle almost any project you can come up with. Besides, Rails is a very expressive language that lets you implement different solutions for the same problems, providing you with a level of flexibility that makes your work even easier.

  • When Should You Use Ruby on Rails? 3

    Robust architecture

    Implementing features in Rails is fast, easy, and secure. Since it’s an object-oriented framework, it provides you with infrastructure management and script configuration. That results in vast improvements for existing applications as well as easier development for the ones you make from scratch.

  • When Should You Use Ruby on Rails? 4

    Highly scalable

    For quite some time, Rails was criticized for its poor scalability. However, the framework has been highly improved in its recent releases to a point where now it’s considered scalable by default, especially when talking about horizontal scalability.

  • When Should You Use Ruby on Rails? 5

    Cybersecurity compliance

    Rails high-quality code, robustness, and scalability allows you to implement the latest cybersecurity measures. That’s especially true for data-related protection since Rails has data encryption for passwords and credit cards as well as features against SQL injection.

  • When Should You Use Ruby on Rails? 6

    Improved reliability and maintainability

    Developing on Rails will have you using the test-driven approach, so you’ll be sure that the resulting applications are reliable and highly maintainable. Besides, Rails has a comprehensive testing toolkit that can cover even automatic tests to further ensure the quality of your products.

  • When Should You Use Ruby on Rails? 7

    Accessible and efficient development

    Rails is very efficient, so your development won’t take as much time as with other alternatives. That means that you’ll save money by reducing your development times. Besides, Rails is open-source, so you won’t have to worry about licensing costs, either.

  • When Should You Use Ruby on Rails? 8

    Wide development community

    Wide development community. Sure, Rails isn’t as popular as other web development frameworks, but it still is pretty popular. You can check that by yourself by diving into the Rails community, a large group of Ruby developers that share solutions and gems, and discuss everything related to Rails development.

The Choice Of Big Companies

Some people like to think of Ruby on Rails as a framework for startups as if it wasn’t at the same level as other popular options. However, big companies like Hulu and Airbnb have used it at one point or another for their web-based platforms. They are a testament to this framework’s power, flexibility, usability, and, more importantly, to its scalability. 

Besides, Rails has proven time and time again that it’s a great framework to develop complex web projects but also to create MVPs and prototypes in a quick and efficient way. We should know – we’ve worked in dozens of Rails development projects for companies of all sizes across many industries and have seen its power unravel before our eyes.

Want to see it too? Contact BairesDev now and talk to our Ruby experts to check how Rails can be the right fit for your web development project.  

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