The momentum of RoR is undeniable. Rails has become extremely popular that other frameworks are springing up, claiming to be Rails-like or with many features that are “just-like-rails” or “better-than-rails”. To start with, let us list down the advantages, it is simple to manage, gems are amazingly helpful, community is great, application is portable, stable and expandable.

The biggest advantage of Rails framework is that it enforces consistency in style and encourages code reuse. These two has been the biggest problems in any product development initiative when you have a new developer come in that just doesn’t code the same quality as the previous developer. This is anyway not to say that other frameworks wouldn’t achieve the same thing.

When we try to address the question if this can be used for product development, it certainly can be, and is ideally suited for database driven web-based products. Rails is ideally suited for those who want to quickly deploy their web-based products; low cost internal prototypes and pilot applications; highly targeted internal applications and utility programs; and web 2.0 applications. One can assume that the smaller the development team and more ambitious the project, the more likely you are to benefit from Rails. Very small projects probably does not require Rails and can do with CGI programs and PHP, but when there is a use of relational database with more than one table, you are likely to benefit from Rails.

Although Ruby on Rails is pretty new on the scene, it is based on technologies and approaches that people have used it for many years. This makes it easier for people to choose and adopt this framework for products that they think would ideally fall under one of the above described scenarios.

Some advantages 

  • Substantial reduction in code lengths and volume that enhances product release times
  • Reduces debugging issues for a programmer and hence work moves faster
  • Highly portable nature of Rails enhances the user-friendliness
  • Better web 2.0 support and built-in test functionality
  • Database access is made efficient and simpler through the use of Active Records

Within a short period of time, RoR has created a remarkable impact in web frameworks. This is already being hailed as an era in web development. Rails have set a new standard for what can be expected in a web development framework. Although no web development framework is perfect, Rails has hit the spot on what developers require and is maturing faster than most other technology frameworks. 

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