Ruby on Rails is an open source framework for building web applications, created in 2004, and used by some of the top web companies in the world like GitHub, Shopify, Zendesk, Square, Cookpad, Airbnb, Twitch, Soundcloud and more.
This framework gives developers who know the Ruby programming language a way to save time when writing code. It’s a collection of code libraries, which provide ready solutions for the most repetitive programming jobs.
It is a very collaborative, and easy to maintain framework. The creators founded it on two important principles – Don’t Repeat Yourself, and Convention Over Configuration. The first one means that every part of a system should have a clear purpose, so that developers won’t repeat the same information over and over again, resulting in less buggy code.
The second – Convention Over Configuration – means that ROR has been built on a set of web development conventions that the creators found most useful, rather than forcing developers to configure the framework themselves.
Moreover, this framework is based on the best practices for building software with the Ruby programming language, which allows developers to focus on writing code without having to write extensive documentation or comments for other developers to know what’s going on.
All in all, this means that Ruby on Rails saves a lot of time on repetitive programming tasks, and helps developers write clean, elegant, reusable code that is easy to troubleshoot. Additionally, there are many libraries that can be added to the framework to better meet project requirements without having to build everything from the ground up.
It is very beginner-friendly, which means that even developers who haven’t used it yet, shouldn’t have a problem switching to it if the project requires it – especially if they’re already fluent in Ruby.
Some say that it can be taught in a day, partly because the language it’s based on – Ruby – is quite simple as well. But it’s obviously not a great idea to hire a RoR developer with only a day of experience.