Ruby On Rails is an open-source web application framework designed to work with the Ruby programming language.
Ruby is a user friendly, quick, short and clean to code language that doesn’t need to do more compare to other programming languages.
It’s pretty simple and straight forward language that doesn’t need to worry about missing semi-colons or improper indention in order to work.
Ruby was not made or designed for use on web, until RAILS comes!
Ruby on Rails is the FULL, legal name for Rails. But when speaking about it, most developers drop the “Ruby on” part and just call it Rails.
Ruby on Rails is good for beginners? Here’s why!
There are a few reasons why Rails is so great for beginners.
The first reason is simply that Ruby is really great for beginners, so that’s a big win.
Learning to program in Ruby is much easier than in other languages because the language is super flexible and very forgiving, which translates to more time spent absorbing programming fundamentals.
Now, why Rails is so fun for beginners?
Is simply because it’s really robust and it does SO MUCH of the hard work for you.
Learning to build a modern web application is difficult to do or deal with.
Ruby on Rails makes it much easier and more fun.
It includes everything you need to build fantastic applications, and you can learn it with the support of our large, friendly community. (rubyonrails.org)
Rails has everything you need!
Ruby on Rails is not a minimalist framework, it’s a metropolis. One filled with all the major institutions needed to run a large, sprawling application like Basecamp or GitHub or Shopify.
Metropolis is a system design environment in which designs are carried out by a well-defined methodology that orthogonalizes and localizes design concerns, captures design decisions and requirements explicitly and unambiguously, and exploits the underlying theoretical framework to effectively apply a tool-set throughout the design phases.
In Metropolis, behavior is clearly separated from implementation. Communication and computation are orthogonalized.
Ruby On Rails Basic Structure:
The spine of a Rails application is the:
M-V-C pattern that organizes programming logic into three major layers.
The MODEL is where your so-called business logic lives.
The VIEW is what you see in your browser, which renders and contains html, css, javasripts, json codes etc.
The CONTROLLER is what accepts clicks and taps from the user, routes the commands to the model.
In Rails, the model is chiefly handled by Active Record (with some backup from Active Model).
That’s the framework for talking to the database.
The controller is handled by Action Controller and the view by Action View, together presented as Action Pack.
In addition to these core frameworks, we also ship with:
- Action Mailer, for sending HTML and plaintext emails.
- Action Cable for making live updates to pages over WebSockets.
- Active Support enhances the Ruby language and standard library with more sugar and goodies for use in web applications.
And finally, Railties provides all commands, generators, and glue to bind all these frameworks together into the cohesive system that is Ruby on Rails.
Rails has an army of committers that makes sure it stays in tip-top condition.
It feels like the maintainers really care and want people to use Ruby on Rails and understand its benefits.
In Rails, you are not alone, we are big and continues to be.
The synergy between a cool language, pragmatic web framework, and superb community gives Rails a result much better than the sum of its parts.
Well known application that built using Ruby On Rails: (source: LinkedIn)
- Twitter (is a social network application)
- Shopify (Shopify lets you build your own online store. You can accept credit cards, manage orders, customize your storefront and more.)
- Crunchbase (is the free database of technology companies, people, and investors that anyone can edit.)
- Groupon (is now a global leader of local commerce offerings and the place you start when you want to buy just about anything, anytime, anywhere – and get awesome discount deals!)
- Bloomberg (it’s one of the biggest corporations that are now using Ruby on Rails as their main web development framework.)
- Indiegogo (is a crowd-funded platform that has gone onto a massive scale of audiences around the globe directly competing with the well-known crowd funding platform KickStarter.)
- Airbnb (is a community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique spaces around the world – in the forms of online or mobile devices.)
- SoundCloud (is personally one of my most used apps and I love every part of it and what it has to offer.)
- Bleacher Report (is one of the biggest US based sports websites in the U.S. Sports is a huge market over there with a crowded market place, particularly in online news and forums, but the team at Bleacher Report seem to get the job done.)
- Square (only currently available in the U.S and Canada, is making commerce easy for everyone.)
- Heroku (is a leading cloud platform and provides the service of supporting several programming languages)
- Zendesk (is the leader for integrated on-demand customer support portal solution based on the latest Web 2.0 technologies and design philosophies.)
- Hulu (is an online video service that offers a selection of hit shows, clips, movies and more at Hulu.com)
- Github (is essentially a social network for programmers, also maintaining your code development in your ‘Git Repository’.)
- Slideshare (very useful in receiving valuable information in easy-to-read slides.)
- and many more …
Conclusion: Rails is one of the most in-demand skills nowadays. You can do more than you think because it is designed to make your programming experience happy!