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Characteristics and Advantages of Using Ruby

One of the most significant “quality of life” decisions a developer has to make is choosing the right programming language.
Daniel Zacharias

Code Power Team

January 8, 2024

One of the most significant “quality of life” decisions a developer has to make is choosing the right programming language. Ruby, in particular, has gained some popularity among development teams globally since its release in 1995 and is used for a wide range of applications.

But why is this so? 

In this article, we’ll explore the reasoning behind this in more depth and explore the key characteristics of Ruby. 

Ruby’s ease of use

As a relatively simple programming language, Ruby makes it easy to make changes in your code. And as developers know, projects often require quite a few changes.

In addition to this, the language makes it easy for developers to do their job, with features such as:

  • Native thread support: You can create and manage your threads within Ruby. This can improve efficiency by helping you take advantage of parallelism. 
  • Multi-threading: You can execute several threads simultaneously, which is useful for managing concurrent tasks and improving application responsiveness.
  • Portability: As a highly portable programming language, Ruby can run on different operating systems and platforms. This also means that developers won’t have to rewrite code and can ensure it works across different environments. 

And there’s the matter that Ruby is simply fun to code with. With an interactive UI and simple syntax, Ruby simplifies an already complex task: software development. The uncomplicated syntax also makes coming up with solutions accessible and easy. 

Ruby’s open-source flexibility

Ruby’s open-source library provides access to an entire community’s contributions, which extends its functionality extensively. With pre-built solutions, developers can significantly speed up their development. 

This comes with an added benefit for beginners, who’ll benefit greatly from all the available resources. Ruby also puts particular emphasis on ensuring readability and creating a design that is easy for new developers to work with and understand. 

Ruby’s ease of use, open-source nature, and flexibility contributed to its thriving community. Community-driven development has led to the creation of various helpful tools, including but not limited to:

  • Tutorials
  • Beginner-oriented documentation 
  • Forums

Developers may also share code with each other, making it that much more accessible for budding engineers.

Ruby’s test environment

Like many other programming languages, you can test your program at every stage of development. This helps prevent errors and bugs, which will lead to the need for debugging. After all, nobody wants buggy software.

Ruby’s safety

Although not as popular as languages such as Python or JavaScript, many developers hold Ruby in high esteem. And this is for a good reason: objects are stored by reference instead of value. 

This has the advantage of:

  1. Preventing data hijacking: Data integrity is preserved from unauthorized modifications by maintaining a unique identity for each object.
  2. Offering control over how objects are accessed: Ruby aids developers through encapsulation, which prevents the internal data of objects from being directly manipulated. 

Ruby’s secure environment protects the sensitive data of developers, development teams, and companies. They can rest in the knowledge that it’s not at any risk. 

Ruby’s suitability for specific projects

While the programming language may not be suited for every kind of project out there, it certainly stands out in some ways, most notably as a:

  1. Social network development platform: Ruby plugins make this easy, letting you seamlessly manage the network’s operations. The Ruby on Rails framework also offers an excellent platform for creating web applications in general.
  2. E-commerce development platform: Ruby boasts no shortage of features, making it easy to work with for e-commerce. Ruby’s Gem Ecosystem, for instance, offers ready-to-use e-commerce features such as order and inventory management modules. 
  3. Proof-of-concept development platform: Ruby is a straightforward, intuitive, and efficient language. As a result, it’s an excellent platform for engineers to develop prototypes for the purpose of demonstration (and to do so quickly). 

Of course, this list is hardly comprehensive, as you can use Ruby for a wide array of other projects aside from those mentioned above.

Ruby’s don’t repeat yourself (DRY) principle

Anyone who has worked in software development will be well aware of DRY, a principle promoting efficiency and code reuse.

Well, Ruby on Rails is built with this principle in mind, meaning you don’t need to spend countless hours rewriting the same code, wasting time and energy. 

Ruby can recognize these functions and lets developers reuse them to their heart’s content. 

An underutilized gem

Ruby is an excellent programming language well-suited for beginners and advanced developers. And although it’s not as popular as programming languages like JavaScript, Ruby nevertheless boasts an active community and tons of resources to make use of.

Ruby is actively being developed and improved upon and should be considered as a new engineer’s language of choice, if not for any other reason than the availability of tutorials and intuitive UI. 

And as an open-source framework, it’s completely free to use. What have you got to lose?

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