Ruby on Rails & Startups: A Match Made in Heaven

Ruby on rails Technology

1,508,526 websites worldwide and growing.

One among the top 10 popular languages.

Definitely these statistics alone will not make Ruby on Rails the best suited framework for your startup.

But we have one good enough reason – it has been part of projects that have become some of the fastest-growing and largest startups the world has ever seen.

“Ruby on Rails is a breakthrough in lowering the barriers of entry to programming. Powerful web applications that formerly might have taken weeks or months to develop can be produced in a matter of days.”

- Tim O’Reilly

Since its inception in 2004, Ruby on Rails has been in the limelight because some of the most exciting tech startups had begun using it. Ruby on Rails has an envious client list starting from Shopify to AirBnB and Basecamp. Ruby has become a critical technology for startups, and there are many reasons for it.

Let’s explore.

Rapid Project Development

This framework helps developers build applications quickly. Its development rests upon two philosophies:

• Optimize for programmer happiness.
• Convention over configuration.

These being huge advantages for any developer, it is not surprising that Ruby on Rails is the default choice for building applications fast enabling their launch into the market in no time. As a Ruby on Rails development company, we vouch for this speed.

Ruby on Rails has a lot of features that allow rapid prototyping. It becomes a highly flexible framework with all the readymade modules, and this characteristic allows developers to build an MVP with major features.

Time Efficient

Ruby on Rails has many readymade plugins and modules, and developers can start building a web app without writing boilerplate code. On an average, a Ruby on Rails Development team is able to build applications 30-40% faster than teams using other programming languages.

It has consistency. Ruby on Rails Developers follow standardized file storage and programming conventions that keep your project structured and readable. This means developers will take lesser time to update code later.

The MVC (model-view-controller) design pattern on which Ruby on Rails is based, supports rapid project development. This pattern allows teams to work efficiently almost three times faster than other design patterns.

Cost Efficient

Rails is the framework with a vast growing community all over the world. This community constantly creates gems or third-party libraries to extend its capabilities. Today there are over 4000 gems for any functionality that can be imagined – from authorization to authentication, from file uploading to payments. Our Ruby on Rails developers even have a list of favorite gems that they work with almost daily.

Ruby on Rails developers can add features without developing them from scratch thus saving plenty of developer time and effort which allows faster product development. This ultimately translates to saving money. Not just startups, even a Ruby on Rails development company would kill for it.

Simple Maintenance, Effortless Support

Maintenance and support become crucial once the application is released. They are important as it ensures smooth working in the long run. If the source code is of poor quality, then maintenance and support of the application become difficult and expensive.

Ruby on Rails encourages good coding practices. For example, the Ruby on Rails development community preaches code simplicity and adheres to KISS (Keep it Short and Simple) and DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principles. The resulting applications tend to have consistent, maintainable and testable code. Moreover, there are gems which Ruby on Rails development companies use to improve their coding style, test and debug code quickly. The quality of the final product becomes superior when it’s easy to maintain and support.

Quality Product Development

Developing a reliable web solution is any startup’s dream. There are two methods endorsed by Ruby on Rails which ensures an optimal solution.

• Test-driven development (TDD) drives development through testing. It involves tools allowing developers to carry out fully automated, integrated and functional testing.
• Behavior-driven development (BDD) checks if a business task is fulfilled according to the requirements.

Together, these methods guarantee a high-quality web solution and stand as pillars for a project’s reliable execution. Both TDD and BDD methods not only ensure excellent code quality but also effectively optimize development time and prevent bugs.

Two cents: As a startup, your product’s code quality has a direct impact on your growth as a profitable company.

Scalability

While planning a tech startup, you need to think about scalability, which is the potential to ramp up your services to handle increased loads. A web or mobile application’s purpose is to get a lot of visitors. So you need to prepare in the initial stages itself to make sure your website or mobile app can cope with all the visitors you are going to attract.

An example is that of Shopify. It is an e-commerce platform that powers online stores and POS systems. Shopify’s CEO, Tobias Lutke recently tweeted, “It’s crazy that people are suggesting Shopify has been successful despite of Rails. Shopify has been successful because of Rails!”

Today Shopify processes 4 million requests per second.

How’s that for a startup!!

Though scalability doesn’t completely depend on the framework, Rails is characterized by modularity. This means Rails can divide the system into modules and gems. This also means you can scale up your app horizontally to accommodate more requests.

If this sounds complicated, you can as well pick up your phone and speak to our Ruby on Rails developers.

Security & Reliability

Ruby on Rails has a special focus on security, and some security features are built into the framework and enabled by default. Threats like SQL injection, cross-site scripting, insecure direct object reference, cross-site request forgery, etc., are well taken care of by Rails. Development with Ruby on Rails also means following the secure development lifecycle which is a robust security assurance process.

The vast developer community strives to keep the framework up-to-date and tests all plugins and applications prior to release making Ruby on Rails a safe environment. This also enables startups to build better and bigger applications on a stable, secure framework.

Growing Ecosystem

Ruby on Rails is a mature framework with a lot of resources and an active community. The developing framework has always been keen on providing new and notable options for developers. The new release, Rails 5.2.1, has significant improvements like Active Storage framework and enhanced level of encryption.

The beta version of Rails 6 was released on January 2019, and the stable version of it is expected anytime now with forecasts of it being promising. One major technical innovation anticipated is Action Text framework which simplifies working with rich text content.

In short, there are enough improvements in Rails 6 for startups as well as Ruby on Rails development companies to rejoice.

Hail Ruby on Rails!

Ruby on Rails Development @ Spericorn

It turns out that there is no other equally advanced technology for creating online products and services in the startup zone. If you are a young company and prefer not to wait but act, prefer to grow and evolve, Ruby on Rails would be a brilliant choice.

It is our choice for many of our projects, and our clients couldn’t ask for more.

Ruby on Rails is suitable for both complex enterprise applications as well as public websites that compete with Single Page JavaScript applications. For most of your common problems, Ruby on Rails has a component at your disposal with well-written concise documentation.

After your Monday blues, you might just realize that what you need is a powerful framework that can be used for a future game-changer app or your next middle-of-the-road business site.

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