What is Ruby on Rails?
Ruby on Rails is one of the most flexible and dynamic scripting language in use today. Hundreds of thousands of websites employ Ruby on Rails to power interactive applications, blogs, photo galleries, and web forms. Like its cousins PHP, Python, and Perl, Ruby on Rails is an object oriented programming language. This means that key functions are encapsulated within reusable code blocks that the programmer can call up at any time. Using an object oriented programming language like Ruby on Rails saves developers lots of time – and website owners lots of money.
Ruby on Rails Features
Perhaps the greatest feature of Ruby on Rails is that programmers can create applications in fewer lines of code than with other solutions. Less code means that the programs are easier to debug and change at a later date. Ruby on Rails is also efficient at memory allocation so that the web applications you create with it run smoothly even on shared hosting platforms which come with minimal amounts of RAM allocated to scripting programs. Ruby has its own package management infrastructure called RubyGems. These add-ons make it possible to use popular APIs from top websites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. RubyGems also make other mundane programming tasks easier by letting you call up the package from within the program without reinventing the wheel. Like PHP and Perl, Ruby on Rails also seamlessly integrates with the popular open-source database MySQL. The combination of Ruby & MySQL is a favorite amongst web application developers and is challenging the long favored LAMP stack for dominance. Now it’s not uncommon for people to use the acronym LAMR in place of LAMP as Ruby has become so popular.
History & Future of Ruby on Rails
Ruby on Rails was initially released in July 2004 making one of the newer programming languages in use today. The current stable release is version 3.2.3. Ruby on rails is updated on an annual basis in order to keep up with the latest demands of web application programming. Ruby on Rails is free to download, install, and use in accordance with its open source license from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). As websites become ever more interactive and feature rich the necessity and prevalence of Ruby on Rails as a premier programming solution will only increase in the future.