Over the last few years, the world of programming languages has witnessed an amusing evolution. Personally, the most interesting change has been in the web technologies. Honestly speaking, creating a web application has become ridiculously easy nowadays. Gone are the days when creating a web application would mean engaging a group of geeks who would code for eternity to end up with a buggy application.
APIs and Content Management Systems have made it easy for the non-programming folks, but those still intent on coding their way through also have easier approaches, which not only reduces the load, but also ensures better quality and less bugs. Ruby-on-Rails is one such web interface that has made life easier for web application developers.
Ruby-on-Rails combines the experience of Ruby programming under the Rails interface, which it very easy to deploy web applications. So, what is it that makes it look like magic? Read on & you shall find it out by the end of the blog..
a. Ruby on Rails is based on the architecture of Model-View-Controller. It starts deep in the application, mostly close to the database itself. It becomes easy for the developer when they have to create a data model first, and then add controller logic on top of that. The whole controller-model framework can then be applied on a thin layer of interface view, which forms the top layer. The whole business of separating the main three components of an application is what does the trick, and is widely regarded as the best approach.
b. Ruby on Rails supports has a huge base of plugins and gems, which is quite similar to modules in content management systems. By installing plugins and gems, developers can add more features to their application, which the standard package wouldn’t support. In fact, most RoR developers use plugins extensively. The official RoR site maintains a directory for plugins compatible with it.
c. Database handling is extremely simple in Ruby on Rails, as it includes Active Record, the database access library. It helps by automatically mapping the tables to classes, and the rows to the objects. Moreover, general programming tasks like form validations and session management are included in libraries in order to ease the process of application development. AJAX programmers have a reason to be happy as RoR has some built-in AJAX functions, used to generate the code, and the java scripting also gets generated automatically.
d. Debugging is a lot more convenient in Ruby on Rails, as detailed error logs are provided, which makes it relatively easy to debug large applications.
e. The primary principles of Ruby on Rails are “Convention over Configuration” and “Don’t repeat yourself”! So, if you were using RoR for creating web applications, you would be pleasantly surprised by its intelligent naming conventions and how it reuses codes so as to avoid redundancy.
Ruby on Rails has, no doubt, changed the way web applications are developed. The Object Oriented Programming of Ruby, clubbed with the database friendly Rails framework makes application development ridiculously easy!
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