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Why Choose Ruby on Rails for MVP Development

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Choosing the right technology for a startup’s minimum viable product (MVP) may be challenging. All programming languages have their own advantages and perform in various ways. Also, depending on the domain, various languages can be used. Looking for an elegant, easy-to-read language to build your application on? Use Ruby.

Ruby being a programming language has its own framework known as Ruby on Rails. Rails are used to build such applications as Airbnb, Zendesk, Basecamp, GitHub, etc. This framework’s phenomenal rise is the result of a quickly spreading interest from startups that are eager to simplify and accelerate the processes of product development. According to the ModuleCounts report, the average growth of total downloads of Ruby gems has reached 43 per day which is more than the rates of Drupal (9 per day), Bower (37 per day), and Clojars (9 per day), as of 2016. Moreover, Ruby on Rails (or RoR) boasts several features that make it easy and developer-friendly. The availability of various gems and plugins lays a really wide path for future success. All that places the RoR framework among the favorites.

When a young company – a startup in most cases – is going to release an MVP, it is interested to complete this task with less effort and enhanced cost-efficiency. Ruby on Rails meets both of these requirements, which makes it a perfect option for companies that are just getting ready to make their project ideas real. Such companies don’t want to spend their limited budgets and human/time resources on various needs which will inevitably emerge in the long-term development. The world of startups gets this idea, and makes use of Ruby on Rails development.

So, let’s have a look at the features of Ruby on Rails that do attract the attention of startups looking for a better choice to develop their MVP, the high importance of which we’ve been discussing earlier.

  • RoR is fast and easy. How come? This is because of sensible conventions; availability of built-in development tools; ready-made modules availability; flexible syntax, and many other features. Moreover, MVPs built on RoR come with a host of pre-set configurations and default settings that significantly cut the number of decisions developers have to make while working on the code. Actually, it’s a two-in-one option: the time of a developer is saved, and better decisions are made. Rails developers thus work in a more productive way.
  • RoR is quite a mature technology with proven stability. Such a set of features includes Object Oriented Programming (OOP), multi-platform compatibility (RoR is able to support Windows, Linux, etc.), functional programming, and smooth compatibility with advanced frameworks like AngularJS is available.
  • RoR is secure. RoR never stops introducing new security patches and features to make the framework safer. Young businesses that want to keep it up-to-date and secure are advised to resort to RoR development. To prove the statement it should be mentioned that some at-risk companies like GitHub and Twitter also use Ruby on Rails to ensure security and operational safety.
  • RoR never binds the existing applications to any specific database. The backend database can be easily modified or configured without worrying about changes in the code.
  • RoR’s code is reusable. It means that developers can use the code as many times as they need, and define everything in a single unambiguous place to make it easier to find the required line of code. Moreover, RoR provides ready-made gems which are modules that can be re-used and/or customized.
  • RoR has built-in mechanisms supporting automated testing of the products. Such automation contributes to quicker testing processes and easiness in prompt making the app up-to-date and secure at the same time.
  • The RoR community is active and productive. Also, the community is constantly growing. StackOverflow shows that there have been more than 310,000 inquiries tagged “Rails”. Figures speak volumes: developers’ interest is increasing, and the environment of RoR adherents lets people share experience and knowledge. Moreover, there are numerous resources for research, as well as materials to look through and books to read to gain new skills and to be advised on any emerging problem.      

The MVP  can be done with the help of various tools and frameworks. Though if you want to make it quicker, stable, easily scalable for future changes, and in a cost-effective manner, Ruby on Rails is a perfect choice.