How Ruby On Rails Stays Relevant

In the ever-changing world of programming, there’s a tendency for new technologies to quickly become flavour of the month – making older technology yesterday’s news. The assumption that newer is always better is a fairly universal one; after all, the entire industry is built on innovation, progress, and upgrades, so it’s understandable that developers take the same approach in the race to embrace the next big thing.

Logo for the Ruby On Rails project. Image credit: Jamie Dihiansan via Wikimedia, CC0 Public DomainLogo for the Ruby On Rails project. Image credit: Jamie Dihiansan via Wikimedia, CC0 Public Domain

Logo for the Ruby On Rails project. Image credit: Jamie Dihiansan via Wikimedia, CC0 Public Domain

In these terms, Ruby On Rails is something of an old-timer, having been around since the end of 2005. 13 years is an awfully long time in tech, and Ruby On Rails might be considered by some to be outdated, incapable, or even obsolete.

Ruby On Rails is still one of the simplest, most efficient ways to get stuff done.

However, many of the largest companies on the net – the likes of Airbnb, Hulu, and Github – still use Ruby On Rails at the core of their development, and that’s not going to change any time soon. The reason for this is fairly simple. For the right sort of project, Ruby On Rails is still one of the simplest, most efficient ways to get stuff done. Understanding exactly what Ruby On Rails does is key to understanding its success. Ruby On Rails is not in itself a programming language. Rather, it’s an open-source framework for web development in Ruby. With the number of active websites using Ruby On Rails standing at over a million, it has a significant and productive community of developers.

A level of user testing that development companies simply can’t buy.

This is an aspect often missed by those looking to jump on the latest development bandwagon: an active community, with many excellent legacy examples of use and an enormous knowledge-base to call on, is often worth far more than newer technologies that haven’t been tried-and-tested to perfection. It’s a level of user testing that development companies simply can’t buy, no matter their size, and brings a level of reliability to development that can only really be appreciated when things do go wrong and you’re on a deadline.

It’s easy to get started.

Ruby On Rails has other great qualities to recommend it. For one, it’s easy to get started; much of what you’ll need comes with the package, cutting down on development time, costs, and compatibility issues. It runs on Model, View and Controller architecture, a widely used architecture that will be familiar to many developers more used to other frameworks. It’s built around the Agile idea that every phase of development can be tested, making it easy to debug at every step, with much of the testing done autonomously. It’s modular, and great for e-commerce and Content Management Systems – one of the main reasons it’s so popular with large businesses.

Ruby On Rails may not appear to be as specifically targeted at particular new sectors of the industry, many of which require specialised structures to deal with novel approaches to things like comms and security. But for a great number of new websites, people are still turning to Ruby On Rails web development companies to get the job done, knowing that it’s robust, reliable, and one of the best-supported platforms out there.


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