Explanation of Ruby on Rails

March 14, 2013 | 1 Comment

Ruby on RailsRuby on Rails is an object-focused, interpreted programming language that has been in use from the mid-1990s, and has gained popularity due to its simplicity, readability as well as flexibility. Ruby on Rails runs on a Linux Web Hosting platform.

Ruby and rails can be described as follows:

1. A set of technologies
Ruby on Rails is a type of the framework which makes ‘RoR’ very strong. Since many web applications have a database at the backend, they must integrate it the database with the actual web files. One way they can integrate it is by rewriting it from scratch each time. This method can be slow, costly as well as prone to bugs. Use of rails can be a perfect way to integrate databases as a framework takes ordinary design patterns like database handling and offers a set of consistent functionality which new applications might hook into. Ruby on Rails make it difficult for bugs to be introduced as a lot of applications are utilising the same functionality making it quicker to spot and squash bugs.

2. It’s a set of design strategies
Ruby on rails is a “prejudiced” framework as it has a set of techniques in doing things. It is a very simple and quicker way of doing things. Ruby on Rails has a classic technique of abstracting a fundamental database system into classes, items and features. This implies that it will act in a similar manner from application to application as well as developer to developer.

Moreover, Ruby on Rails utilises the “model, view, controller” design pattern. This model divides an application into fundamental information and business motive, presentation of information to users as well as the code which coordinates the communications between model and the controllers. This model is useful as it’s responsible for sustaining the database and implementing business motive. Also, if a field should contain a specific size of characters, this model can ensure that this is enforced instead of depending on checking every time where the characters need to be changed.

Ruby on Rails also ensures that you do not repeat yourself. If a part of a page like a menu is utilised over and over again, then instead of rebuilding it every time, Rails makes it very simple to abstract it into an element that may be reused.

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