More than a million websites worldwide are built on Ruby on Rails - and there are a lot of reasons why it’s such a popular language and coding ecosystem.
We choose Rails as one of our key frameworks because it allows us to focus on building business value for companies we partner with on software development projects. Having a team of Ruby on Rails developers allows us to:
Ruby is a programming language that is pretty beloved by developers. Rails is a framework of conventions to build applications using Ruby.
Ruby on Rails is used by large companies like Shopify, Twitch, and Square - but it’s also used by thousands of small to medium sized companies around the world.
Well maybe not life, but Ruby on Rails makes development projects easier. This is because of:
Ruby on Rails allows development teams to iterate quickly, and is a great tool for prototyping. It’s used by many large companies, for multiple reasons including the fact that Ruby on Rails can be used to scale.
Testing is a key part of the platform - resulting in more reliability when it comes to the end result. The awesome user community plus surrounding tools and applications help foster productivity. And all of these features (and more) enable rapid app development.
Ruby on Rails is free, open source software which means there are no licensing fees to use it. It also means over 4,500 people have contributed to Rails (and continue to do so). The open source platform keeps Ruby on Rails modern and stable. The community around Rails also helps developers catch mistakes and work smarter.
Ruby on Rails is pretty popular, especially among top developers. Some of today’s most successful companies - like Basecamp, Airbnb, Shopify, and Hulu - use Ruby on Rails.
Saying Ruby on Rails is a gem is a triple pun. It’s a gem, as in it’s great. It’s also a nod to RubyGems, which we mention a little about below. Finally, and nothing to do with programming, in the jewelry world - a ruby is a gemstone :)
Ruby on Rails first launched in 2004. Since then, the ruby developer community has continued to grow as well as the ecosystem around Ruby on Rails.
Some key technical benefits to Ruby on Rails
Rails is baked with well established patterns and conventions focused on solving problems the majority of web developers encounter. Other technical benefits are:
There are a ton of job opportunities for Ruby on Rails developers (including at Known Decimal). A recent report shows that in one month (only) last year, there were over 60,000 Ruby on Rails job openings posted in the United States.
The job market and the future of Ruby on Rails as a development platform kind of go hand-in-hand. The outlook is bright for both careers as well as continued growth and use of Ruby on Rails by companies around the globe.