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What is Ruby on Rails?

Rails is an application framework written in Ruby. It is designed to make programming web applications easier while still being robust, scalable, extensible, and extremely testable. It favors convention over configuration, so you can write less code and keep all developers on the same page.

 

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What is Application Development?

As opposed to a marketing website, we regard an application as a standalone web or mobile interface that provides some sort of functionality to its consumers. It is not meant to attract customers; instead, it is meant to serve a purpose.  Some examples you may be familiar with are: Gmail, Groupon, and Trello. All of our applications go through extensive persona research, user experience design, and test-driven development so that your product can be as intuitive as it should be.

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Highly Scalable

Its attention to architecture, ease of use, and scalability make it a perfect candidate for enterprise solutions. No matter if you are just starting up or in need of an application that can sustain the load of thousands of users, our applications are ready for the challenge, and so is Rails. If properly configured and hosted in a cloud environment, Ruby on Rails is the perfect candidate for your app. It's no wonder why many startups and even some really big names are going this route.

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Robust Testing Framework

Probably one of our favorite features of Rails is its testing framework. A very popular gem called Rspec enhances the default solution that comes out of the box with Rails, adding better formats for testing models, controllers, views, and everything about your application. Add a browser testing framework like selenium, and you have a complete suite of tools that allows developers to keep the code running smoothly, no matter how many people you have on your team. This also allows product managers to define their own test cases that can be written by devs.

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Large Community

Ruby is a fairly new language, but in the past years, it has gained tremendous popularity. With many SaaS-based startups being created every year, Rails has started to rise to the top as the most popular application framework out there. With thousands of developers and a large supportive community, we feel confident that you can find many other developers to help you grow and support your product after launch so that you are not stranded with a proprietary framework.

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Extendable

One of the greatest things about Ruby is the way it can be extended by other third-party modules. These modules are called "gems." All gems are free and open source, making them extremely robust. There are about 7,900 of them, in fact, with over 19 billion downloads. Anyone can create a gem, but like Drupal, duplication is limited, and developers will contribute to an existing gem before recreating one that exists already just to add one small feature. 

Fun fact! Did you know Rails is a gem? Yes, in fact, the Rails framework is just a gem that can be downloaded and installed to run your application.

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Who Uses Rails?

Aribnb • Basecamp • Twitter • GitHub • Groupon • Living Social • Dribble • Hulu • Strava

Who Uses Ruby on Rails

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