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Would it be possible for you to scale your business without customized software or application? The answer would be a big ‘no’, right?

Why?

Every business has unique requirements and a specific set of audiences it is expecting to entice. However, having an application or software that is too generic doesn’t guarantee you the expected results.

That is why it is always recommended to have a customized software solution that can address the potential challenges facing your business.

Do you agree?

Though you have a clear understanding of your business objective and customer needs to fully answer, here comes another big question:

What is the best technology that you can rely on to build custom software or applications?

We are sure you’ve already wandered here and there on Google to find the best and most cost-effective custom application development platform. And if you have, then this blog is for you. 

This blog will help you to differentiate the Ruby programming language from Node.Js. 

What is the Ruby programming language (RoR)?

Ruby on Rails (RoR) framework is a software code built on top of Ruby. Technically, it is called RubyGem, installed using the command line interface of the operating system. RoR is an open-source web development framework, which provides a timesaving alternative for Ruby developers.
The Ruby framework offers a ready-made solution for repetitive tasks like developing tables, forms, or menus on a website, saving precious time for Ruby on Rails developers.
It combines the Ruby programming language with JavaScript, HTML, and CSS to develop web apps that execute on a web server. Since it runs on a web server, the Ruby on Rails software is also categorized as a back-end or server-side web application development platform.

Top 6 benefits of Ruby on Rails include:

  1. Rapid application development
  2. Good code quality
  3. Great community support
  4. Design-friendly
  5. Time and cost savings
  6. Good libraries

Pros of Ruby on Rails platform:

Along with the benefits, the following are also pros to using an RoR framework:

  1. Faster delivery process
  2. Easy to understand and write
  3. Cost-effectiveness
  4. Suitable for startups and SMEs

Cons of Ruby on Rails:

Because almost everything has a downside, here are the cons of using the Ruby on Rails programming language.

  1. Slow run time
  2. Scalability limitations
  3. Boot speed is slow
  4. Multithreading leads to performance issues

Node.js platform

Node.js is an open-source platform for executing JavaScript code server-side, as it was built on the JavaScript runtime. With the help of an event-driven and non-blocking I/O model, Node.js is considered one of the most efficient and lightweight programming languages.

Pros of Node.js:

  1. Same language for the client and server
  2. Easy to deploy, monitor, and provide support
  3. Page loading is faster
  4. Multithreading leads to performance issues
  5. Multithreading leads to performance issues
  6. Multithreading leads to performance issues

Node.js cons:

  1. Unstable API
  2. Most of the codes will have a JavaScript problem
  3. Not suitable for intensive processor tasks
  4. Requires asynchronous programming model, which many developers find more difficult

Ruby on Rails programming Vs Node.js:

There are 6 factors you need to consider when comparing the differences between Node.js and the Ruby on Rails web app development framework. 

  1. Flexibility
  2. Setup
  3. Development process
  4. Learning curve
  5. Finding talent
  6. Pricing/application development cost

1. Flexibility:

Node.js is one of the most popular app development platforms to build custom applications. However, you will have to write some code to install some modules.

Comparatively, the Ruby programming language is rigid, and you can build mobile apps in a particular way. Also, with the latest Ruby 3.0 version, you are able to customize the code and build apps. 

2. Setup:

Node.js gives you nothing but a fresh install.

Rails, on the other hand, gives you more than a fresh install, including generators.

3. Development process:

Node.js will take more time to develop an application since it takes time to find the modules and follow the instructions to integrate them. 

Ruby programming language, on the other hand, is faster and you can perform tasks like database migration with just a few commands.

4. Learning curve:

Node.js is partially less than the Rails programming language. You have to spend more time understanding the concepts of JavaScript and Node.js, but it is also flexible enough to allow developers with or without any background to understand.

Ruby programming is well-known for its great learning curve. It is similar to the English language. Hence, anyone can learn to read and understand the code but you will have to pay attention to understand the attributes like objects, classes, Ruby-level methods, etc.

5. Finding talent:

Finding the right resource is always a lingering challenge for companies. Of course, there is always a “demand and supply” formula that plays a crucial role in the market. 

In the USA, it is easy to find a Node.js developer, who has an annual estimated salary of $117,000.

Compared to hiring a Node.js developer, it is quite difficult to find and hire an RoR developer in the USA. The average annual salary of a Ruby on Rails developer is $138,750.

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6. Pricing:

Despite the business size and scale, application development costs play a vital role. 

The price for developing an application using the Node.js framework tends to be higher and takes time. 

On the contrary, the Ruby on Rails framework is a cost-effective solution that fits into the budget of startups and SMEs. Moreover, it takes less time to build an application using the Ruby programming language. 

Conclusion:

It is not that easy to choose an app development framework amid growing demand and evolving customer needs. If you rush to choose a framework because of its buzz in the market, it might not be the right fit for you in the long run. 

Once you understand the clear differences between the Ruby programming language and Node.js framework, you can look at their pros and cons and choose the one that meets your requirements. 

However, if you ask us Amzur Technologies for a suggestion, the answer will most definitely be the Ruby on Rails framework. This is because Ruby on Rails programming will help you grow at a faster pace than Node.js. 

Amzur’s Ruby on Rails services:

Amzur Technologies is a leading Ruby on Rails development company based in Tampa, Florida, USA. We’ve served numerous startups, SMEs, and even established enterprises in transforming their vision into a reality. Amzur has an acute team of RoR developers who can help you build best-in-class web and mobile apps. 

For the past 16 years, we have been offering extended development team services to build an offshore team that works while you sleep.

What if you want to hire an in-house RoR developer?

No worries, we have a solution for you. 

Amzur has extensive experience in offering tech IT staffing solutions for businesses across industries. By leveraging our experience and expertise, we can help you hire the best RoR developer in your budget. 

Unlike other IT staffing solutions providers, you can choose RoR developers from a variety of hiring models including:

If you are still at the juncture and unable to decide what to choose, get in touch with our technical experts now.