Ruby on rails or “Rails” as it is often called was created over a decade ago precisely in 2003 by David Heinemeier Hansson while he was working on the code for “Basecamp” (a project management tool) the extraction of ruby on rails by David lead to its official release as an open source code in July 2004.

Ruby on rails has only three basic principles which are:

  • the Ruby programming language
  • model-view-controller architecture
  • the Programmer happiness.

Ruby on rails is separated into different packages, which are Active Record, Active resource, Action pack, Active support, and action mailer and recently in version 2.0, ruby on rails added the action web service package to replace the Active resource.

Apart from these pre-installed packages, programmers on ruby on rails can also make plugins to their codes.

Ruby on rails installation made via a package manager known as Ruby Gems added to latest versions of Ruby. It can also be deployed with the aid of a database server called, MySQL or PostgreSQL and a web server such as Apache which runs the Phusion Passenger module.

Pros and cons of Ruby on Rails


  1. Adherence to standards: Ruby on rails unlike other programming languages has a strong backing of web standards, every application written from a ruby on rails program must adhere and follow established software design protocols such as coding by convention, don’t repeat yourself and active record pattern.

  2. Presence of active community: approximately 10% of over 10,000 popular webs\
    ites make use of ruby on rails making the programming language among the top three (3) most used web development tools, this statistics, ther\
    efore, means that quite a lot of individuals around the world make use this framework in creating software.

  3. Popularity among worldwide companies: ruby on rails with all its numerous benefits has earned its place amongst top companies such as Twitch, GitHub, Shopify, Bloomberg, etc. with such popularity, there’s no doubt that the framework performs flawlessly for these companies during bog projects for the said comp\


  1. Non-flexibility: Due to pre-installed packages that are made available on the RoR, there will be little or no room for creativity as there are only a few openings for user-made plugins.

  2. Continually evolving: Some adjustments on the RoR programming language can be attractive to the programmer, but this usually takes time for one to understand and adjust fully to these changes that occur entirely.

Ruby on Rails Salary

Ruby on Rails programmers have different earnings depending on the stage or category of the programmer as well as the programmer’s location, on average a junior RoR programmer earns about $50,000 to $60,000 per year, while a senior RoR programmer earns about $110,000 to $118,000 per year.

All in all, Ruby on rails has its pros and cons, but the program was made to make the programmer’s job more fun and exciting, and so far this principle has clearly been achieved in the Ruby on Rails.