Ruby on Rails
Whether you’re just starting out in the world of software development, are a seasoned developer or are trying to find out a little more about the industry before hiring a developer to build a site for you, doing your research about the different programming languages and frameworks out there is a must, and if you’re reading this then you’re already on the right track!
From .Net to Python and Enterprise Java Beans to DJango, the language and framework you choose to base your site on can have a real impact on its functionality, longevity and practicality.
One of the most popular and versatile frameworks currently taking the programming world by storm is Ruby on Rails, a framework that allows you to build complex websites using efficient, structured code. If you’re thinking about getting ‘on the Rails’ yourself, here’s an insight into the what, who and why.
What is Ruby on Rails?
Ruby on Rails, sometimes referred to simply as ‘Rails’ is an open source web application framework written in Ruby.
Ruby is a dynamic, object oriented programming language used primarily to develop websites and webapps. Thanks to its straightforward nature and easy to learn structure, the language is a favourite of developers trying to create complex sites and push the boundaries of web designed.
First launched in 2005, the Rails framework grew hugely in popularity when Apple announced it would ship Rails together with Mac O SX v10.5, or “Leopard”, when it was released in 2007.
Since then, the framework has gone from strength to strength, it’s simple yet effective nature appealing to a range of developers and website owners.
Who uses Ruby on Rails?
Though it is perhaps less known than some other frameworks and languages, Ruby on Rails is behind some of the most used and best known sites on the web.
In fact, Twitter, one of the most famous sites in the online universe, was initially built on the framework. The Rails framework gave the developers behind Twitter the tools they needed to create one of the most revolutionary internet phenomena ever.
Another giant of the online world run on Rails is Airbnb. The site is one of the most popular for travellers looking for quirky, well-located and affordable accommodation and in 2013 the company had sales of $1.7bn. Not bad for a site only launched in 2008.
Online music hub SoundCloud, the world’s largest social sound platform, is another big fan of the framework, using Rails to build its revolutionary site that’s currently growing quickly enough to worry giants like iTunes and Google Play.
There are loads of other well-known sites that run on Ruby on Rails including Groupon, Shopify, Scribd, GitHub and news giant Bloomberg.
As well as offering an open source framework that’s always being developed, improved and expanded, Ruby on Rails gives programmers and developers the chance to use a language that’s versatile and dynamic.