4 key differences of Ruby versus Ruby on Rails

Once Ruby on Rails came into play, the popularity of Ruby programming language changed. 

Nonetheless, there are still many people who confuse Ruby and Ruby on Rails.

Let us act out a two-role play of Ruby and Ruby on Rails to demonstrate their main differences.

Shhhhh, please! The play is about to begin!

One…two…three…Action.

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The ultimate comparison of Ruby and Ruby on Rails

Act I: Main information

SCENE 1: What is the Ruby language?

Ruby is an interpreted object-oriented programming language that was created by Yukihiro Matsumoto. It first appeared in 1995.

Ruby had more than 6 releases and the new update – Ruby 3.0 is planned for Christmas 2020

SCENE 2: What is Ruby on Rails?

Ruby on Rails is a web application framework of Ruby. It was launched in 2004 by David Heinemeier Hansson.

Rails has also had major updates throughout the years. But although Ruby on Rails framework was released later after Ruby, it had released more new versions.

Ruby on Rails – otherwise known as Rails or RoR – is based on the MVC-principle. Basically, it means that this principle helps developers to operate in complex systems and eases the visualization mechanism.

SCENE 3: Ruby on Rails vs Ruby: what can you build with them?

First things first: Ruby is a programming language and any programming language is a tool for solving problems. 

It is hard to describe all kinds of projects that can be built with Ruby – there are too many. The most popular type of Ruby project is web applications. However, it is only reasonable while using Ruby on Rails. Otherwise, you will be reinventing the wheel.

Additionally, with Ruby, you can develop desktop applications and automate repetitive tasks. 

Ruby on Rails framework is mostly used for creating web applications. Besides, Rails is beloved by startups due to the fast development process and quick launch. 

Almost any startup project begins with building a prototype or an MVP. The reason for this is that a founder wants to get proof of his/her idea as soon as possible. Otherwise, the demand may decrease or a competitor will jump ahead of you.

Related: Pros and Cons of Ruby on Rails

SCENE 4: What is Rails in Ruby?

There would have been no Rails without Ruby. Even the name speaks for itself: Ruby on Rails. However, Ruby could have lived quietly without the existence of Rails.

The word ‘quietly’ is key. Rails has given Ruby the MUCH-NEEDED boost in functionality.

The popularity of Rails wasn’t a coincidence, it was the first framework that used the MVC-principle. After that, lots of frameworks copied the same technique.

Rails has also introduced many advantages for Ruby:

  • Less code
  • A lot of libraries, known as ‘gems’
  • Integrated testing tools
  • Ready-made solutions
  • Front-end tools support

These advantages have a big influence on the speed of project development. 

Act II: Ruby vs Ruby on Rails

SCENE 1: Similarities between Ruby and Rails

Availability: Both Ruby and Ruby on Rails are open-source, which means that there are free to use.

Community: Ruby and Rails communities are incredibly huge, supportive and passionate. Without a strong community, the language and the framework wouldn’t be evolving that fast as they do now.

Philosophy: Ruby was designed for making coding for developers easier and fun. Ruby on Rails has also continued this philosophy: it is important to make developers smile and happy, otherwise, it is all for nothing.

Syntax: There is no more clear and beautiful syntax than in Ruby and Rails. With the intent of making developers happy, Rails founder, Yukihiro Matsumoto did his best to make syntax simple and consistent.

SCENE 2: Difference between Ruby and Ruby on Rails

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Type: Ruby is a programming language. Rails is a web framework built with Ruby.

Best for: Ruby is mainly used for creating desktop applications, whereas Rails is best at building web applications, MVPs, prototypes and marketplaces.

Development speed in creating a web app: Rails is faster because of a broad set of ready-to-work RoR tools, a huge set of ready-made solutions, easy and simple programming.

Used with: while building different applications, Ruby is mainly used with Rails. Rails, on the other hand, is mainly used with HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and XML.

End of play. Curtain Falls.

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After-the-play notes

The main distinctive difference between Ruby and Ruby on Rails is that Ruby is a freestanding language that can work separately, without Rails intrusion. Rails, on the other hand, is completely dependent on Ruby. 

At the same time, with Rails, Ruby is more known and applicable in the web development world. 

Rails has taken Ruby to a new level. 

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