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The Future of Ruby on Rails

  • Post published:October 1, 2020

RoR dies almost every year; you think it’s most likely dead this year as well. Then why are we talking about it again? We are debating on it for the reason that Ruby on Rails is here to stay and you better get used to it.

The Past

David Heinemeier Hansson is the mind behind Ruby on Rail’s birth. He got inspired by the language ‘Ruby’ that was formed in the year 1995 by Yukihiro Matsumoto a.k.a. Matz while working on the basecamp code that is a project management tool by 37signals. After extracting the Ruby on Rails framework, he released it as an open-source in 2004.

If you delve deeper into the past of the framework; starting from Rails 1.0 (Dec 2005) to the latest release Rails (June 2020), you will come to a deduction that it has made it for Ruby on Rails developers to dive easily into the web-development and tackle complex applications with its noteworthy releases.

Ten months ago Yukihiro Matsumoto in a conference in Ruby Russia said that “some people think that Ruby is un-popular as per TIOBE index. I’d say, we are 11th out of 150 programming languages that are not that bad. We have got the number 8th out of 20 programming languages at the RedMonk.”

If you wish to give an eye to the current statistics as the above are almost ten months ago, we have the references ready below:

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Why did Twitter move away from Ruby?

Back in the days, you must have heard from multiple sources that Twitter abandoned Ruby on Rails due to scaling problems and moved to a different language to start from scratch.

Okay, it is slightly deceptive to say that ‘twitter literally searched for a replacement’, why not quote it this way that ‘it became a technology requirement’?

Twitter’s decision to choose another language was merely for the sake of certain requirements to full its unique needs.

You being an outside observer definitely doesn’t know the actual story. You may believe that Twitter made a mistake by taking Rails to develop Twitter, initially. This is not at all the case — it truly means that Twitter at that time was at a different place, audience wise, and powerful technology was required. Hence, a gradual shift to Scala was made.

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“Ruby is dead” or “Rails is dead”

The short answer to such statements is, no, Ruby is not a dead language, Rails is not a dead language.

Honestly, it would be unfair to say that Ruby is in vogue because of “Ruby of Rails”, it is such a superb language so belittling it would be unreasonable.

The Senior RoR developer at NetGuru said that Ruby on Rails is evolving taking into consideration all the new trends in the web development market.

THE FUTURE OF RUBY ON RAILS: It’s Rich, Flexible, and Fun

If you were to ask what lies in the future for Ruby on Rails developers, we would say the future awaits you! Are you ready for a phenomenal future with Ruby on Rails?

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, job opportunities for Ruby on Rails developers is also rising as big tech fathers are loyal to the framework. Have a look at some surprising statistics:

As per BuiltWith, a total of 3,193,772 websites uses Ruby on Rails from which 1,588,330 are currently live websites around the world.

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All of the above are pretty good prerequisites for the framework to stay alive and wanted in the upcoming years.

In a Nutshell

Of course, we are not fortunetellers to predict the death or bloom of Ruby on Rails in the future. On the other hand, the above evident facts force us to presume that the framework is not going to flop anytime soon, no rate of Ruby on Rails developers’ skill conversion. Unquestionably, the framework will rule the future and it’s alive as never before.

Just so you know

Indeed, the results show that learning Ruby on Rails or perusing a career can help you set up for success in the Rails community.

Let’s have a chat then, shall we?