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Why Learn To Code Ruby and Ruby On Rails?

Written by wyncode on 23rd April 2014, 1:18 PM

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Learning to code Ruby On Rails isn’t just fun, it’s profitable. A freshly trained Ruby On Rails Jr Web Developer can make about $60,000 starting, with benefits. And in places like New York City $75k a year starting salary is normal for the same position; and that’s nothing to scoff at.

The potential for personal and professional profit is practically infinite thanks to the fact that big employers and their headhunters alike are constantly on the hunt for Rails coders, and tech startups and entrepreneurs are too.

In fact, there are more jobs in coding than there are qualified applicants for them. And since Ruby On Rails is one of the most popular and fastest to learn coding languages out there, here are the top 10 reasons why you should learn to code in Ruby On Rails.    

Ruby On Rails, Yukihiro Matsumoto

Yukihiro Matsumoto, the inventor of the Ruby language on which Ruby On Rails operates

10. The Next Big Thing In Programming Languages
Ruby is being heralded by programmers and coding schools as the next game-changing programming language. It’s endlessly extensible, easy to learn, and infinitely applicable to web apps or anything that needs a RESTful integration.

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Ruby On Rails: Popular around the world! – Photo by Luis Villa del Campo on Flickr (Creative Commons)

9. Good Documentation
Ruby’s features are well documented on both the Ruby site as well as on help sites like Stack Overflow. Because it’s such a popular language with young, Web-savvy developers, they often post elegant solutions to even the most obscure problems in order to drive traffic to their personal blogs. This benefits coders interested in learning Ruby because you can dive into the minds of some of the greatest young coders on the planet.

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Creative Minds thrive on Rails! – Photo via HeatSync Labs on Flickr (Creative Commons)

8. Server Support
Platforms like Heroku make deploying Ruby apps easy.  Also, since it’s a well-established language, you’ll have no problem getting your app deployed in any environment: Windows, OSX, or Linux, locally or remotely.


Two of the many core team of developers for Ruby

Two of the many core team of developers for Ruby

7. Great Community
Ruby has a thriving community on the Web. Questions posted on community forums are quickly answered by passionate Ruby users.

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Ruby On Rails

6. Rails
Ruby gained it’s popularity on the back of Rails, a powerful web application framework. With Ruby on Rails, you can quickly build and deploy web apps with one of the most feature-rich toolsets available.


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5. Plenty of Gems
Rails is just one of many Ruby Gems, libraries of code that add all sorts of new and easy-to-use features to an already powerful language. And it’s easy to get started. For example, if you’re trying to talk to Twitter, you can simply type “gem twitter” in the console and Ruby will search it’s online repository and install the requisite Gem. You can get started using the new functionality right away in your application.


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Yehuda Katz on the Ruby On Rails core developer team

4. Smooth Collaborations
Ruby, especially Rails, is opinionated. You can write Ruby code that looks a lot like whatever coding language you’re used to. But the community recommends you do things “The Ruby Way”, a style of coding that will help guarantee that your program “just works”. This culture helps everyone in the community collaborate smoothly.


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The Ruby ethos is based on developer happiness

3. Easy To Learn, For Coders
Because of its focus on simplicity and elegance, Ruby generates easy-to-understand solutions to programming issues found in other languages, making Ruby a fantastic secondary or tertiary language.


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2. Easy To Learn, For Anybody
Ruby’s clean syntax makes it one of the most easy-to-read programming languages out there. If you can read English, you can learn to read Ruby code.


Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto

Ruby creator Yukihiro Matsumoto

1. Ruby Will Make You Happy  

Ruby cares. Ruby’s creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, designed the language to make programmers happy. David Heinemeier Hansson, the creator of Rails, brought that same philosophy into his Gem because he believes in the power of optimizing developer happiness. Ruby and it’s community care about the feelings and work habits of the people who use the code they write.

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