My hosting provider says they support Ruby on Rails on their “features list”. What is this and do I need it?
When you decide to build a Web Application there are a number of routes you can go down. First of all you need to decide on which language to use. There are a number of different ones, but some are particularly well suited for building web applications. You also need to be aware of a number of development frameworks that are available, mainly because they make your job a whole lot easier because you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time you need to do something.
Ruby on Rails is one such framework. Ruby is the development language you use and Rails is the development framework that saves you all the time when you’re building something. I found a great article on Web Hosting Rating that described it pretty well:
All in all, Ruby on Rails offers a simple and effective platform for web development. It employs some of the latest and best technology that aid tremendously in the creation of dynamic content. For this reason, Ruby on Rails has quickly become a popular choice for developers of many different experience levels. It is highly likely that this technology will remain prevalent in the area of application building far into the future.
That pretty much described it to a T. Web Host Rating has become a great source of information for me. Not only does it expose a number of different web hosts and what their pricing structure is, but it also has a pretty good set of articles on hosting that cover a whole host of subjects.
Anyway, back to Rails. If you’re planning on building a website and don’t have a preference as to what language and framework you use, it’s worth checking out. It’s a pretty powerful way to to build your web application.