Things To Remember Before Hiring an RoR Web Development Company

Ruby on rails also known as RoR is an open source web application framework. RoR has a strong Model-View-Controller (MVC) architecture. This language makes web designing simple, enabling the user to easily get started. When compared to other languages and frameworks, Ruby On Rails makes web application development easier and more efficient. Before, creating web based designs and applications was a difficult task that used to take up several months, now with custom software development using Ruby on Rails, a RoR web development company can create applications as per your needs.

Key points to look out for in a RoR web development company

There are only a few software development companies in India using RoR platform for developing custom application for their clients. Out of these only some have the expertise required to work with ease on the RoR platform. Some of the key points to look out for while hiring a RoR web development company are-

1) Expertise with Ruby on Rails

Expertise in developing highly interactive and efficient ROR based application should be the first criteria while selecting an custom software development company. Since Ruby on Rails is a relatively new platform, there are only few software developers who are thorough with its use. Experience and expertise are the two parameters that differentiates a good RoR web development company from an average one.

2) Experience matters

  • The RoR web development company should have minimum 2 years of experience with Ruby on Rails (2.x & 3.x). RoR is in itself a relatively new platform and a company having the necessary experience can be trusted with your application development requirements. The quality of projects handled,also defines a company’s stand in the RoR web development industry.
  • Excellent communication and written skill while dealing with the client and, during custom software development phase is also an important factor.
  • Check whether the RoR web development company has developers with experience in payment gateway integration in Rails. As, you may want the application to give access to recurring payments, have the ability to credit your customer’s account,the ability to void a payment and have a way to store the users payment details (such as Authotize.nets CIM).
  • The developer in the RoR web development company should have working knowledge of technologies like jQuery,which is a multi-browser JavaScript library designed to simplify the scripting of HTML from your side, HAML(HTML Abstraction Markup Language) which is a lightweight markup language that is used to describe the XHTML of any web document without the use of traditional inline coding. Also, experience in TDD(Test-driven development, BDD(behavior-driven development),RSpec(a behavior driven development (BDD) framework for the Ruby programming language),Mysql (a popular choice of database for use in web applications), Postgresql (is an object-relational database management system – ORDBMS) and MongoDB (an open source document-oriented database system)
  • The RoR web development company should also have deployment experience on Amazon EC2(Elastic Compute Cloud) and Heroku servers(a cloud platform as a service (PaaS) supporting several programming languages).
  • Experience in Creating, maintenance and scaling of SAAS, PAAS,IAAS applications is a must have for any RoR web development company providing custom software solutions.
  • Agile web development experience using SCRUM techniques is also necessary because it break tasks into small increments with minimal planning so that you get the desired result soon.

If you want to hire quality RoR web development company, then, the above mentioned points are to be strictly followed. You should take into consideration their skills, expertise, and infrastructure support, and find the one which can develop the application according to your specific needs. Following the steps precisely will give you enough leverage in finding the best in the business.


Ruby on Rails – The Road Ahead

Ruby on Rails is an open-source web application framework for the Ruby programming language. The growing demand for Ruby on Rails has been driven by successful companies who benefit from the speed and agility of building applications in Rails, which results in increased productivity and company growth. One such example is that of creator James Fend. His article How I Learned Enough Ruby On Rails In 12 Weeks To Launch Freelancify is a compelling story on how easy and useful Ruby on Rails for coders. Rails has become the web technology for web startups.

Does the Future Look Good for RoR?

Yes, definitely the future of RoR looks good. But, there are some issues that have to be corrected immediately for the language to hit back in full swing. Detractors of RoR have some common issues with the language.

Enterprise capabilities and scalability

The EJB2 debacle is probably the worst thing that could happen to RoR development. As it is now not considered to be enterprise ready due to the same issue. But the fact is, RoR has actually come out with fine colors with its enterprise level capabilities by reducing cost and delivering quality software.

Here are some of the capabilities of Rails that can address the needs of an enterprise app:

  1. Agility/Flexibility

    Ruby on Rails can provide rapid feedback loop that can save time and money. It provides a preferred framework, preferred tools and set of libraries or applications to do quick iterations and is able to deliver on time. In short, the many functionalities provided by RoR make it highly scalable and flexible.

  1. Quick Prototype Development

    The process of programming is much faster than with other frameworks and languages due to the object-oriented nature of Ruby and because of Rails guiding principle such as Convention over Configuration (CoC), which reduces the amount of code that needs to be written.

  2. Performance

    There has been a lot of updates already on Rails that optimize and improve its performance. New features such as the Asset Pipeline have been added to augment web site performance and there are many more features to be added in the near future.

     4.  Security

          Rails as a framework has great built-in security and elegant solutions to protect passwords and custom data. On user authentication, there are a number of options,techniques and tools for encrypting data in Rails.

The other problem some people have with Ruby on Rails is its scalability. Ruby lovers consider the issue of scalability not worthy of being called an “issue”, as RoR provides multiple options for scalability. These are- horizontal and vertical. Horizontal scalability means scaling “out” by adding more boxes next to the existing ones. While vertical scalability means scaling “up” by adding more memory, more CPUs, faster disks, and so forth, into the existing boxes.

 So, for RoR to come into the limelight, established businesses have to consider taking it up for developing their applications as, getting stuck with the “startup” tag wont help the language down the road. On the other hand, startups can boost the use of Rails by creating killer apps and solutions based on the RoR platform, to make it widely accepted. Ultimately, the factor that probably keeps more developers away from Rails than any other is the learning curve. If you’ve already been working with one technology, it’s always more time-consuming in the short-term to switch to a different one. And if you’re only working on simple sites, it may not be worth the investment. But if you want to advance your skills and become as productive as you can be, you owe it to yourself to learn Ruby on Rails. You’ll need to invest a few months of study and practice to become proficient, but from that point forward you’ll be building better sites more quickly and having more fun doing it.