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Getting Started with Ruby on Rails - Tutorial

Getting Started with Ruby on Rails - Tutorial

Ruby on Rails or Rails, is a server side web application framework written in Ruby. Ruby on Rails' emergence in 2005 greatly influenced web app development and some of the biggest brands use it: AirBnB, GitHub, Bloomberg, Shopify, Crunchbase and Dribble. Over the past two decades, RoR has taken countless companies to millions of users and billions in market valuations.

There is a lot to discuss with this Ruby on Rails tutorial and we will look at just why it is so popular (especially for developer happiness), how you can learn Ruby on Rails software development , write beautiful, efficient code and maybe even jump start a new career.

H.E.L.P- this is the abbreviation you want to remember. It stands for: High level programming language - straight forward programming language. Easy to learn and understand - straight forward with tons of Ruby on Rails tutorial and learning materials readily available. Leveraging the community - lots of discussions and questions related to the processes of software development are answered in community forums, helping you progress if you have any blockers. Power - fast development, huge and active community, readily available tools and libraries, and strong adherence to best practice in software development.

What is Ruby on Rails?

Ruby on Rails (or Rails) is a web development framework that gives Rails developers a time saving method for writing code. This framework is a collection of code libraries that give app and web developers ready-made solutions for time consuming, repetitive tasks—things like building menus, tables, or forms on a website. Ruby is the programming language, while Rails extends the Ruby language and solves everyday problems so you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. It is intimidating at first but when you learn deeper you will understand what H.E.L.P is all about. From development, testing & deploying, up to launching your product, Ruby on Rails is the go to when it comes to time efficiency and capacity. Having an established community supporting questions like: 'how to add authentication & authorization,’ or ‘how to deploy an RoR app in AWS or Heroku’, you will understand the end to end process in software development.

To fully understand the capability of Ruby on Rails in software development, you can read a previous article written by our CEO Mikel Lindsaar here.

How to learn Ruby on Rails? Our Tips!

We need to first understand the basics of developing a web application:

Learn CSS, HTML and JavaScript First

These 3 front-end essentials are all part of software development and it’s important to understand how these tools are used in conjunction with Rails. HTML is the markup language that we use to structure and give meaning to our web content, for example defining paragraphs, headings, and data tables, or embedding images and videos in the page. CSS is a language of style rules that we use to apply styling to our HTML content, for example setting background colors and fonts, and laying out our content in multiple columns. JavaScript is a scripting language that enables you to create dynamically updating content, control multimedia, animate images, and more!

HTML creates the Login button, you need to tell CSS what is the color, height, width, and shadows and JavaScript will be in charge to tell the Login Button to Log yourself inside your application and Alert that you have successfully logged in or if you have input the wrong password or username.

Understand Ruby before using Ruby on Rails

Ruby is the programming language that runs in the Rails framework. You need to recognize and learn Ruby. Ruby is Object Oriented Programming(OOP) meaning Objects are the basic building-blocks of Ruby code that will be implemented inside Rails - an MVP framework which stands for (Model, View & Controller, with View being where your HTML. CSS and Javascript will be. Rails is backend, the other 3. frontend. You need both to create your powerful software! There are many free online tutorials you can access to give you a crash course in the basics

Join Ruby on Rails Communities

Ruby on Rails is backed by an active and huge community, who learn by doing and then actively help other developers. This is one of the many good traits of Ruby on Rails developers. Joining in will be beneficial for your own learning & the community itself because you get to understand Ruby on Rails on a deeper level with another developer’s perspective.

Ruby on Rails Frequently Asked Questions

Now that we have discussed what can be achieved and it is not really intimidating to learn Ruby on Rails. Let’s answer the commonly asked questions.

What is Ruby on Rails used for?

RoR is commonly used for developing and building websites and web applications - there are no limits to what you can achieve with Ruby on Rails!

How long does it take to learn Ruby on Rails?

It will all depend on your experience and background in programming generally. But in as little as 10-20 minutes you can set up your machine locally and say Hi to the world.

Is Ruby on Rails hard to learn?

I’m not being biased, I swear! H in H.E.L.P is High Level Programming language meaning it is straightforward and user friendly even for beginners. Even learning how to cook, play well in basketball, or even riding a bike takes time & courage to be good at them, but with readily available Ruby on Rails tutorials or forums you will have a headstart in software development.

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