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Ruby on Rails for Rapid Web Development

Ruby on Rails (RoR) is a full-stack open-source web application development framework developed by David Hansson in 2005. It runs on Ruby language – a general purpose programming language with an elegant syntax.

Ruby is a dynamic, interpreted, object-oriented language developed in the mid-nineties in Japan by Yukihiro Matsumoto. Because of its flexibility, Ruby can be used to build Domain Specific Languages (DSL). Ruby is a highly developer friendly language with features inspired from Perl, Python, Smalltalk, Lisp. Beauty of Ruby code and quick development process in Rails makes Ruby on Rails alluring. Today, RoR has gained huge popularity with developers and there is a highly active community around it.

Rapid Application Development

Advantages of RoR include enhanced developer productivity resulting in faster development. Rails auto generates a scaffolding code for models and views, thereby saving developer's time. The quick life cycle of RoR development enables us to fully follow the agile development model and incorporate clients feedback faster. Firms seeking improved agility, development speed, and time to market increasingly choose RoR to rapidly build scalable web applications.

HTML as well as XML

Rails support HTML, JSON, and XML output. The latter is useful for creating RESTful services, which can act as backend APIs for mobile applications. Rails also extends support for Ajax. There is first-rate support for libraries such as jQuery and Prototype and the effects library, Scriptaculous.

Software Engineering Patterns

Ruby on Rails framework uses the MVC (model-view-controller) pattern to bring structure to web applications. It also follows convention over configuration paradigm and DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself) principle, which results in the enhanced developer productivity. In many frameworks, making a simple change involves modifying multiple configuration files and modifying code in multiple layers. By emphasizing convention over configuration, Ruby avoids this issue.

Popularity of Ruby on Rails

Ruby on Rails initially gained popularity with startups and small companies. Twitter, Github, Basecamp, Scribd, and Shopify are a few popular sites built on RoR. Today, big players such as Amazon, eBay, and AOL are also using Rails for some of their projects. Moreover, RoR is no longer limited to the consumer web; enterprise applications are also adopting Rails.

RoR Development at QBurst

Ruby on Rails can be used to create dynamic web-portals with rich user interface. The RoR team at QBurst has proven their expertise in areas such as content management systems, payment gateway integrations, social networking, web services API, apps for medical sector, and websites with complex Google and custom map integrations. RoR is also used for developing back-end for scalable mobile apps. To deploy the apps built, we use an open source deployment tool called Capistrano.

A web 2.0 startup or not, Rails may be the right platform to build your SaaS application. We have consultants and architects who can provide innovative end-to-end solutions including finding the best hosting options for your Rails apps. Contact us today to discuss further.

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