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Ruby On Rail Guides - Ruby Development
Ruby is seen as a flexible language, since it allows its users to freely alter its parts. Essential parts of Ruby can be removed or redefined, at will. Existing parts can be added upon. Ruby tries not to restrict the coder. After taking a decision to launch a Web 2.0 project, independent software vendors (ISVs) can get overwhelmed with hundreds of thoughts, concerning the future project and its performance. However, the idea of choosing between various Web technologies available at the moment may bring in some confusion. What would be more beneficial, Adobe Flex, Silverlight, JavaFX, Ruby development, or whatever? In fact, each technology has its peculiarities and, depending on the type of a planned project, you can choose the one that better meets all your requirements. If you are considering Ruby development, there are facts well worth your attention.

Ruby on Rails is a simple, but nonetheless powerful open source Wed development environment. Ruby development entered enterprise market by virtue of its obvious advantages, including less code, integrated testing, flexibility of the Model-View-Controller design pattern, and rapid Web development enabled by this technology. For instance, it takes a Ruby developer around 15 minutes to produce a new blog engine and around five to create a new image search system.

The remarkable thing about Rails is that it has its own philosophy, introduced by David Heinemeier Hansson, who first released Ruby on Rails as open source in July 2004. According to the Ruby development philosophy, two main principles are emphasized:

1. Convention over Configuration (CoC). According to this principle, most part of configuration data can be omitted by implementing practical conventions (conventions can surely be overridden with configuration, when there is a need to do that). 2. Don't Repeat Yourself (DRY). As for Ruby development, it means that each element of any Web application is specifically located and there's no need to repeat it several times across different files. If a developer uses, for instance, the ActiveRecord module of Rails, there's no need to specify database column names in class definitions. This information can be retrieved from the database based on the class name. This principle is applied not only in Ruby development, but other technologies, as well.

Some Ruby developers also suggest the third principle to be included, which is

3. Quick Turn-Around Time. When a developer provides an integrated Web server and an integrated language, it is possible to see the results of code changes straightaway. This sufficiently lessens the amount of code-debugging work.

The philosophy of Ruby development has appealed to many Web 2.0 companies and, as a result, became the basis for such well-known projects, as Twitter, Yellowpages, BaseCamp, CrunchBase, etc.

As any other Web application framework, Ruby on Rails has its pros and cons. However, if rapid Web development is what you are looking for, then Rails is a technology to be seriously taken into consideration. After all, its philosophy significantly simplifies Web application development and thus allows energy to be directed at the creative side of Ruby development process, making your project stand out among the rest.

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