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Ruby on Rails: Get Onboard Today

Ruby is an object-oriented language that was created by Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, a native of japan in ’95. Matz took different parts of his favorite languages and combined them to create what in known as ruby. He created a language that balanced functionality and and imperative programming. Since ’95 ruby has gained acceptance from coders and programmers world wide. Ruby ranks 9th as the most popular programming language in the world. Ruby is fairly easy to use compared to some other languages. Since ruby is object-oriented things that apply to objects apply to all of ruby, making it much easier to use. Rails was written with the ruby language and thus produced Ruby on Rails, also known as RoR or simply Rails.

Get to Know Rails

As I said before, rails was a framework written with the ruby language. Rails allows developers to create powerful and unique websites in nearly half the time it would take using a different framework. Rails is web based making it much more easy to deploy, distribute and maintain. Rails is also platform independent and is accessible from anywhere. This framework uses MVC or model, view, controller pattern. Model represents the applications object. View is the screen presentation and controller represents the way the user interface reacts to user input. Before rails, these three things were mixed together, by separating them rails has made it easy to reuse codes and increased the flexibility for the developer.

Ruby on rails uses tools that make simple development tasks much easier. RoR also has things like scaffolding that automatically construct some of the model and views for the basic website. Ruby on rails was designed to make designing complex web pages and applications easier and much quicker. It has taken the development of these complex applications and revolutionized the process. What once took you a month can now be finished within two weeks. Ruby also emphasizes the convention over configuration and DRY or don’t repeat yourself, meaning that the developer only needs to specify unconventional parts of the application. This type of framework leads to less coding and less repetition which also leads to less time spent developing. With RoR you get the benefits of using MVC programming without having to worry about configuring every component. The quickness and ease with which you can work with ruby has started quite a buzz in the web development world. Ruby on rails is quick, has a clean syntax and makes programming easy and even fun.

Websites Developed with Ruby on Rails

You may have a great grasp on the concept of Ruby on Rails, but getting an idea of the websites that are using Ruby is a really nice way to see the variety, functionality and uniqueness that Ruby on Rails is capable of creating. So, here I am going to list my top five Ruby on Rails hosted websites.

1. Twitter
2. Hulu
3. Urban Dictionary
4. White Pages
5. Guitar Hero
6. Groupn
7.  Github

Getting Started with Ruby Rails

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When you decide if RoR is right for you, you will then want to find a website that offers downloads for Ruby and example codes. If you have no experience designing a web page or application, don’t be afraid. There are hundreds of tutorials that are available to you, so learning the art of developing with RoR is a click away. There are a few websites out there dedicated to Ruby on Rails and below is list of article and tutorials that will be perfect for getting you started developing using RoR.

Ruby on Rails is a magnificent web application framework and has come a very long way,  and its use is spreading like wild fire and becoming more and more popular throughout the web developing world, it is quick and efficient so why not jump on board?


Author:

Kawsar Ali is a web designer who also likes blogging. In his spare time he walks around with a Nikon D5100 hunting for good textures.