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Advantages of Ruby

Ruby is Productive and Fun

The Ruby programming language was designed to make programmers productive and happy. Here’s what the designer of Ruby says:

For me, the purpose of life is, at least partly, to have joy. Programmers often feel joy when they can concentrate on the creative side of programming, so Ruby is designed to make programmers happy. I consider a programming language as a user interface, so it should follow the principles of user interface.

Yukihiro Matsumoto (a.k.a. “Matz”), 2000, emphasis added

What are the principles of good user interface? Here are the three principles with supporting quotes by Matz:

Ruby is Fundamental to Rails

The Ruby on Rails framework (often simply referred to as Rails) allows developers to create powerful, dynamic web applications quickly and easily. Rails itself is written in Ruby, and writing a Rails application consists primarily of writing Ruby code. So a solid understanding of Ruby is necessary to develop clean, efficient, bug-free Rails applications.

Developers new to Rails and unfamiliar with Ruby can wire together a simple web applications or apply small modifications and variations to an existing web application. However, to break out of the limits of cookie-cutter development, a developer needs to understand Ruby.

Chad Fowler, a well-known Rails consultant, says it well:

The path to Rails enlightenment is completely based on learning and mastering Ruby. … Because when you master Ruby, all these Rails tricks are just transparent.

Chad Fowler, February 9, 2007, emphasis added