Although the Ruby language has many advantages, its popularity has always been limited to Japan. It wasn’t until 2004 that Ruby was gradually recognized by people in other parts of the world. So what made the Ruby language go global? The answer is Rails.
The Rails framework was first proposed in July 2004 and its developer was the 26-year-old Dane David Heinemeier Hansson. Unlike existing complex web development frameworks, Rails is a more realistic and efficient web development framework. Rails combine the advantages of the PHP system (rapid development) with the advantages of the Java system (programming), so Rails has received widespread attention in the industry for a short time.
RoR has received extensive attention from industry insiders for more than a year. RoR has received a lot of attention for two reasons: First, RoR has high development efficiency (easy deployment) and rich functions (supporting popular applications such as Ajax). It is said that for the same Web development project, RoR development is better than using Java system. The architecture development is 5~10 times faster; in addition, the incredible high performance is another important reason for its attention. According to the news reproduced on CSDN, the project performance developed by RoR is better than that based on Struts+Hibernate+Spring. The application is 15% to 20% higher.
Following are the 6 major benefits of Rails that makes it startup-friendly:
1. Full stack MVC framework
Rails is a full-stack MVC framework. In other words, Rails can implement the various layers of the MVC pattern and make them work together seamlessly.
In the actual development of a MVC-style Web application project, if you use Java development then you need to use Struts (Model layer), Hibernate (Controller layer) and Spring (View layer) three frameworks, and need to integrate three frameworks to develop Content. When you use the Ruby language to develop the same project, you only need to use the Rails framework to complete.
2. Conventions are better than configuration
In order to illustrate the relationship between objects, the general Web application development framework often uses the method of writing XML configuration files. Although this method can solve some problems, it brings about management confusion.
Rails’ attitude toward this is that the convention is better than the configuration which means that no XML specification files will appear in Rails. Rails use a variety of common conventions (more specifically naming conventions) that Web applications have accumulated over the years to replace XML configuration files, and mapping and discovery mechanisms within Rails can implement associations between objects based on these conventions.
3. Fewer code
Usage conventions instead of XML configuration files indicate that Rails itself does a lot of underlying work, which means that it is highly possible to implement applications with less code. In addition, the reduction in code size also reduces the possibility of bugs and reduces the difficulty of maintaining programs and upgrading programs.
The real-time mapping technology and meta-programming technology used by Rails eliminates the hassle of developers writing a lot of boilerplate code during development. In a few cases where you need to use the boilerplate code, the developers can create it in real time using Rails’ built-in generator scripts instead of writing them by hand. This feature of Rails allows developers to focus more on the logical structure of the system without having to bother with trivial details.
5. After the zero turnaround time
It has been modified for an existing web application system where it generally needs to be configured, compiled, released, reconfigured, tested, and the like to be put into use, which obviously wastes a lot of time. Feel free to hire Ruby on Rails developer who use Rails to develop a web application system where you can view the results of the program in real time through the browser, saving a lot of time.
6. Bracket System
Rails’ bracket system automatically creates a system of standard CRUD operations and foreground views for any related database tables. With the racking system, developers can quickly and easily manipulate data tables in the database. In addition, Rails allows developers to replace automatically generated code and views with their own code or views.
The main problem that RoR currently encounters is that there are few large commercial applications built using RoR. The reasons can be summarized as two points: First, from the perspective of development capabilities as RoR is a lightweight Web development framework based on Ruby language, most difficult for developers to grasp whether it is suitable for large applications. Second, there are fewer large-scale commercial applications developed by RoR itself, which makes the latecomers take a wait-and-see attitude.
Comprehensive analysis shows that the development prospects of RoR are still very bright. RoR has made great achievements in a short period of time. It breaks the inherent concept of Web development, and its convenient and quick development method makes it widely accepted. In fact, several multinational companies are now using RoR to develop their own web applications, and several large companies are considering using RoR for web application development.