For all the supposed logic required to program, choices of programming language are often fickle. Industry trends mean languages rise and fade in popularity. Even languages you may think are dead are not; COBOL still powers 70 to 80 percent of business transactions.
The language Ruby isn't nearly as old as COBOL and never reached its level of acceptance, but after a spurt of popularity in the first decade of the century, its usage dropped due mostly to performance concerns. Now, usage surveys show Ruby is rising again. Why?
Ruby on Rails supports web development.
Ruby underlies the Ruby on Rails web development framework. With many third-party libraries available, companies that use Ruby on Rails are able to develop websites quickly and easily, plus support them effectively. Since every business depends on its online presence, those characteristics make Ruby an appealing choice for development.
Ruby is interpreted.
In slower environments, the interpreted nature of Ruby could contribute to performance problems. On fast modern hardware, using an interpreted language eliminates the need for compiling code. That makes working with Ruby quicker and easier. Given the drive towards agile development, eliminating unnecessary steps that slow things down is very appealing.
Ruby has a strong community.
There's an established community that creates resources companies can leverage to make creating Ruby applications even easier. The many frameworks and libraries mean less need to write code from scratch and faster development. There's solid documentation, plus active forums where developers can get help resolving problems; Ruby has large StackOverflow and Meetup communities. All of that reassures businesses that they're not on their own if they choose Ruby.
Ruby is cross-platform.
Companies can use RubyMotion to write cross-platform applications that run on both iOS and Android mobile devices. This means developers don't need to learn special languages and tools to create mobile apps, letting companies use their developer resources more efficiently.
Ruby is easy to learn.
Because finding technically qualified employees is so difficult, companies need to invest in training their own staff. They want this investment to pay off quickly. Ruby is easy to learn, so companies that develop in Ruby can easily grow staff who can contribute to these projects. As an easy-to-learn language that makes it easy to prototype, Ruby offers companies a great way to make progress fast.
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