Ruby on Rails : A Brief Development Overview

Ruby on Rails is the most popular and agile web application development framework written using Ruby programming language. Ruby on Rails often called RoR or Rails is an open source web development framework and an object oriented programming language that helps to develop simple, complete and powerful web applications with rich interactivity along with the latest functionalities.

RoR is developed using the Model-View-Controller Design Pattern and it is favourite among Ruby on Rails developers because of its philosophy of CoC (Convention over Configuration), DRY (Don't Repeat Yourself), and close association with the agile development methodology. The main advantage of using Ruby on Rails is the agile nature of development, what takes months on other platforms, takes only week to develop on Ruby on Rails. Ruby on Rails was first extracted from Basecamp by David Heinemeier Hansson in July 2004 and it is really easy to deploy web solutions using Rails as it works well with a wide range of web servers.

Some of the features which have driven Ruby on Rails a popular framework amongst the open source developers' community are:

1. Applications are developed faster using simple methods using less code.

2. Integrates Perl's pragmatism, Smalltalk's conceptual elegance, ease to use from Python and learning concepts.

3. An open source Ruby framework for developing database-backed web applications.

4. Easy to deploy web solutions using Rails as it works well with wide range of web servers and databases that implement CGI or Fast SGI.

5. Supports databases like MySQL, SQL, SQL Server, DB2 and Oracle and helps the Ruby on Rails programmers to create the applications better and user friendly.

6. No compilation phase required. ROR supports rapid application development due to which it is gaining popularity day by day.

Ruby on Rails web development helps the rails developers to be successful in building robust and elegant applications in a more efficient and less troublesome way.


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