What is Ruby on Rails?
Ruby is a modern, dynamically typed coding language that is specially designed to make scripting not only easy, but also fun. It utilizes a full stack, superbly optimized web framework known as Ruby on Rails framework. It’s generally used for back-end development.
In other words, Ruby allows you to create incredibly complex background apps that are practically full programs that are delivered to your phone or computer through your web browser. Extremely popular websites such as Slideshare, Crunchbase, Hulu, Kickstarter, Airbnb, Soundcloud, and Shopify all use Ruby on Rails.
Ruby’s open source advantage
Ruby’s creator, Yukiro Matsumoto, designed Ruby in 1995 with the intention of making it open source, and therefore free to use any modify. This means Ruby requires no expensive licensing to use, making it ideal for startups and young companies. It is further supported by reputable non-profit organizations such as the Ruby Association.
Is Ruby similar to Java?
Ruby and Java share a few basic similarities, but for the most part they are vastly different languages. They’re both strongly-typed and object-oriented, but Ruby is an interpreted scripting language while Java is a compiled coding language.
Furthermore, Ruby is dynamically typed and uses no type declarations, whereas Java is statically typed. Ruby is also much more successful overall. It’s faster, easier to learn, more popular, and its developers have had the highest average salaries in 2017.
Java’s declining popularity also makes it less attractive to prospective coders. What’s more, the constant compatibility and security problems Java applets experience have contributed to its failing popularity. Quite simply, Ruby is a better, more versatile language in this day and age.
Is Ruby easy to learn?
Yes it is. Ruby on Rails is designed to make a lot of assumptions on how you want to do things. This forces you, at least at first, to code in a commonly accepted way. This includes MVC framework, RESTful resources, testing (Ruby includes a testing framework from the get go), and so on.
This has the effect of teaching you the best practices of web development. Furthermore, it hides the complicated stuff you don’t have to know. For instance, your Ruby on Rails app database won’t have to use any SQL. It does a lot of the security things automatically, such as preventing cross-site scripting, SQL-injection, session hijacking, and much more.
All this is invaluable to beginners who don’t yet care or know about the many ways they can customize their coding approach. To top it all off, Ruby on Rails boasts a huge community that has meetups in every large city and constantly organizes conferences.
Learning the full suite of web development tools can go a long way toward further solidifying you as a programming expert. For instance, CSS and HTML are the building blocks of the web. CSS contains style information (layouts, colors, font sizes, etc.), while HTML contains raw data (links, pictures, text, etc.).
Other crucial tools include Git, which is the best way to track your progress, repair mistakes, save your work, and so on. It’s closely related to GitHub, which allows you to review and share code with your fellow programmers.
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