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Ruby on Rails Evolution


What Ruby on Rails, exactly is?

Ruby on Rails is a server-side web application framework written in Ruby, the programming language. It is a Model-View-Control framework. Ruby on Rails provides built-in structures for a database, web-service, and web-pages.  It encourages and facilitates the use of web standards such as JSON / XML, HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. As it is one of the simplest languages to develop web applications,  Ruby on Rails developers are high in demand. Ruby on Rails is easily adaptable to the new changes and grows at a faster rate to meet the ever-changing needs of the users(the developers as well as the end-users). 

It is an easy to use framework for e-commerce sites, it provides easy-sharing through integrating the social media networking API’s.


Initially released in late 2005(December 2005), it greatly influenced and almost overtake web-application development world. It is a close competition to Python, you can always find out which one is better.   Its innovative features such as seamless database table creation, migration, etc really help in fast application development.

 Developed by David Heinemeier Hasson, it first got released in July 2004 as an open-source framework without any commit rights of the project, before officially releasing in December 2005. 

In October 2007, Apple adopted it for Mac OSX v 10.5 “Leopard” and it became an instant hit. Ever since 2007 evolution (updation ) of Ruby on Rails is non-stop. 


In March 2009 Rails 2.3 released. It got a few new developments in templates, engines, Rack (modular interface between web servers and web applications). 

Rails 3.1, released August 2011 it had reversible database migrations 

In January 2012, Rails came up with version 3.2 which has faster development mode. 

June 2013, witnessed another version released of Rails 4.0 which had Russian Doll Caching, Live Streamings. 

Rails updated to version 4.1 in April 2014. This updated version had  Spring, Variants, Enums. 

Version 4.2 was out in December 2014. It got Active Job, asynchronous emails among other features. 

June 2016, version 5.0 was out it included Action Cable, API mode, and Turbolinks 5. was out in August 2016 it included Exclusive use of rails CLI over Rake and support for Ruby version 2.2.2. 

April 2017, 5.1 released with JavaScript integration changes. 

Almost after the last version,  Rails 5.2  was out in April 2018 with new features like ActiveStorage, built-in Redis Cache Store etc. 

In December 2018, 5.2 was updated to 5.2.2.  

The latest version 6.0, which is currently being used was released in August 2019. This version makes Webpack default, adds mailbox routing, a default online rich-text editor was added, parallel testing was implemented to make it easy for the custom web application development, multiple database support was another important add-on among others. 

Ruby on Rails – Framework for Big Brand Names

    As being, one of the best framewo0rk for web application development. Ruby on Rails is adopted by many big brands. Some of them are built on it and some adapted it for their products. But in either way, it’s Ruby on Rails everywhere. Ruby on Rails developers built amazing web applications that can be easily updated and widely used. 

The big companies are – 

  • (Apple) it adopted the framework for Mac OS X v 10.5 “Leopard” and the iPhone configuration web-utility the tool used in iPhones is written in Rails, this allows business customers to operate the Apple smartphones easily. 
  • (Twitter) it’s web-interface uses Rails framework. 
  • (Airbnb, the online marketplace for renting space) uses Ruby on Rails for API frameworks and as “glue” for uniting the front-end and back-end services together. 
  •   (Shopify) is developed on Ruby on Rails. 
  •   (Groupon)  is built using Rails. 
  • (flipkart) major website part is written using the Ruby on Rails framework. 

This is how Ruby on Rails evolved into the website development world from being just another framework to being the most used framework for the big-brands. 

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