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Market Bytes | Ruby on Rails | Coding Spotlight

Ruby on Rails (RoR) is a framework built on Ruby, a popular programming language designed and developed in the mid-1990s by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto in Japan. Ruby is an interpreted, high-level general-purpose programming language, famed for the beauty and expressiveness of its code. This expressiveness often empowers developers to come up with creative solutions and to use less code to achieve their goals. This feature is prominent in the Rails framework which will be covered below.

RoR is the go-to framework for rapid web application development. Its well-developed system of modules, generator scripts, and an efficient package management system allows for the scaffolding of complex applications with just a few commands. Thanks to the expressive and concise nature of the Ruby language, the underlying MVC philosophy and a default ORM system (ActiveRecord), developers can quickly put application and data logic together and deploy a fully-functional prototype with excellent modularity and extensibility, meaning that no matter the complexity, it can quickly be extended with new features.

RoR also has a very active open-source community that regularly contributes to a huge library of “gems” - pieces of software with specific functions that you can use as a launching pad for your project while you tackle the more difficult tasks. The community also ensures that the framework is regularly updated, issues are fixed, and security is kept up-to-date with the best industry standards.

On the other hand, a common gripe with RoR is their subpar performance time, especially compared to other web application frameworks like Django and node.JS. Both the boot time and the run time of the framework is quite long, especially when you’re working on a massive project, which makes it harder to scale your RoR applications. However, that shouldn’t be a problem anymore with the upcoming release of Ruby 3.0, with claims that Ruby 3.0 will run up to 3 times faster than the current Ruby version due to their upgraded performance optimization.

The demand for Ruby Developers is still however very strong indeed, especially in Malaysia, where competition for top talent is fierce. A large number of high profile, established consumer digital brands have relied on RoR to build their high availability software platforms. Based on standard industry benchmarks, RoR roles also pay well above average compared to the more traditional languages like Java and PHP, based on supply and demand, amongst other factors.

In conclusion, while RoR is considered by many to be an older framework, many experts seem to think it won’t be going away anytime soon. Quite the contrary, It’s clear-cut strengths in rapid web-application development, the vibrant and active RoR community, and the impending release of Ruby 3.0 indicate a bright future ahead.

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