It’s possible to build a web application even if you think this is too hard for you. Is a good idea swimming around in your mind? Take it from Ruby on Rails; it’s not as hard as you think with a supportive community behind you. Build the applications you have been dreaming up with their help.
A lot of the applications or apps featured on your smartphone or iPod were developed by Ruby on Rails, so you are familiar with them even if you didn’t know it. Examples include GitHub, Twitch, and Shopify. That’s a tiny portion of the thousands of apps designed by Ruby on Rails since 2004.
But this is Open Source software. In other words, people from any community are able to contribute to it. It’s like WordPress and Joomla; contributors from around the code-writing, tech-savvy community are always improving what you can do with the programs available and adding to them. Regular people come along and make use without knowing code but have access to free support and tools. Here’s some of the “doctrine” as they call it.
At Ruby on Rails, they know that what’s great today will lose its significance over time. Technology has to keep moving to meet up with society’s expectations and even simple needs like improved safety online. Ruby on Rails facilitates constant change with the Open Source format.
Ruby on Rails believes that programming should be relatively easy for the programmers, not a complex and convoluted process. They aren’t worried about change; in fact, Ruby on Rails courts regular updates and upgrades from people who are able to write “beautiful code” as David Heinemeier Hansson puts it at Ruby on Rails.
Apparently, when this idea was first launched, the controversy was considerable. Programmers mattered more than encryption and ownership. How could that be? Since then, the idea has grown legs and tech communities have run with it. That’s the whole point; communities can come together and share a “vision,” as Hansson puts it.
Ruby on Rails, or the people behind it, expect there to be no shocks; no surprises. When used as it was intended, the result should be what you expected. If that sounds facile, one must realize this is not always the case.
Programmers often discover the reverse is true. Results aren’t surprising to those who write them. Others, even in the programming and code-writing world, feel differently. That’s why they set out to create one vision that works for everyone.
Progress based on one system for all would move faster and be more successful; that’s at least one idea here. Establishing this kind of system would remove a lot of the frustrating redundancy experts face in their field.
Meanwhile, new programmers would find it easier to get started, thanks to there being a single way to go about their work. Imagine trying to learn English if there were multiple grammar rules, one for every country where the language was spoken? One set of grammar (or programming) rules reduces headaches and road blocks.
Ruby on Rails uses omakase as their menu. They insist on a single menu to further the objectives above. Again, this promotes a sense of community among programmers which is what makes this an Open Source method rather than a closed one. At Ruby on Rails they believe it is easier to teach people and to sort out their programming problems with one tool box at their disposal.
Not a Single System
In spite of its promotion of stability and community, Ruby on Rails doesn’t feature a continuous, uniform feel. Too many people have been involved now, but they have designed something beautiful in the process. Templates are added; ideas considered, and the result is a growing system accessible to and used by millions.