Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Busting the Stereotyped Myths about Ruby on Rails

Origin of Ruby on Rails
David Heinemeier Hansson created Ruby on Rails as a by-product during the development of Base camp. David collected some underpinning code from the application to use and re-use in the applications he was planning to develop down the line.
The framework which David built later proved to be extensible, expandable, and multi-purpose which was further developed and enhanced by a team of developers called the Ruby on Rails team. After making various enhancements Ruby on Rails evolved into an efficient software development team. 
General Ruby on Rails Properties
Rails are designed predominantly to develop web applications in an easier way and this enables the ROR developers to develop with mellowed down difficulties. Rails provides Ruby on Rails programmers with expendable building blocks which can be altered, used and re-used for any number of times which helps them to efficiently analyze the code. These blocks of code can be used by the Ruby on Rails developers to integrate and customize in any way found suitable by them so that the blocks can be converted to develop applications with their unique functionalities.
The major advantage in developing applications in the above way is this exponentially reduced the time consumed for developing the applications and even during maintenance of the application time is saved as the Ruby on Rails programmers do not have to check each every line of code. Another added advantage of this method is it becomes easier for a group of Rubyon Rails developers to write code in a uniform way and standardize the working procedure to make it simpler for further developments of a particular application. 
Busting Myth #1
 It is a fact that Ruby on Rails makes it a very simple task to build web applications in a very limited time span. It does have a lot of pre-built components which can be used, altered and re-used and a ton of built-in functionalities. But the actual framework of Ruby on Rails is code. It is definitely not a plug and play application which can be customized for the application that a developer wants to build by just integrating and editing the design along the way. Ruby on Rails developers are presented with a menu of code from which they can choose the block which is the most suitable for their application and they can modify, and extend to create a completely customized application. 
Busting Myth #2
“Rails make it easy” campaign has actually affected it in a slightly negative way hurting some Independent Rails development shops. Regardless of the application’s feature set clients are expecting Ruby on Rails developers to deliver the application within days. Rails actually saves the Ruby on Rails developers’ time by letting them concentrate more on application specific functionality rather than things like database connectivity. Heavy lifting required in building user interaction is completely taken care by Rails. Developers can use this pre-built code, and spend more time making applications that are more reliable and easier to use. Rails makes development more fun and it eliminates much of the tedium involved in building web applications, but it doesn’t build them for you. 
Busting Myth #3
Believing that to develop applications using Ruby on Rails the developer need not be a programmer is a farce. In reality there are more tasks in building an application using Ruby on Rails than just assembling components according to the design. 
It is true, however, that you might not need to be as experienced a developer to create a Rails application as you might need to be to build, for example, a PHP, Java, or Objective-C application. To build apps the Ruby on Rails developer has to be proficient in coding.


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