Ruby on Rails software development
Ideal for fast, feature-focussed development
Ruby on Rails is a web application framework that lets us focus on business outcomes and not on coding solutions. That’s why it’s the platform of choice for so many Internet giants.
Full Fat Things is a firm proponent of using the right tool for the job every time. We also start every project by focussing on your organisation’s goals. That’s why we’re a multi-platform agency with Ruby on Rails application development services as one of our primary offerings.
As Ruby on Rails experts, we’re also happy to delve into your existing applications built using the framework if they aren’t performing as you’d like. We know the power of Ruby on Rails when used well, so we can investigate and report back.
Whether you have a new project or want us to assess a current Ruby on Rails application, get in touch now.
Why Ruby on Rails?
Ruby on Rails is an open source framework written in the Ruby programming language that provides default structures and libraries for things like web pages, databases and web services. This approach lets us automate the way we build applications when we use Ruby on Rails, speeding up development without inflating costs.
Ruby on Rails first appeared in 2004. Since then, hundreds of thousands of applications have been built using it, including those of leading brands such as Twitter, Shopify, Airbnb, Basecamp and GitHub. So when we employ Ruby on Rails, we have access to a vast resource of production-ready software libraries, most of which are open source.
This heritage also benefits you in terms of security, as we can use solutions that have been thoroughly tested in huge environments for aspects such as user authentication and authorisation.
The Ruby on Rails benefits
We could write reams about using Ruby on Rails, but we know your primary concern is the outcomes of any application development. So here are the benefits you’ll experience when we use Ruby on Rails.
Development and delivery speed
Ruby on Rails allows faster development than other frameworks, enabling quicker customer reviews, which in turn lets us shorten the feedback loop and speed up delivery.
A good fit with Agile projects
The concept of scaffolding lets us generate features to test them before putting them into production. This is ideal for Agile processes as we can improve and constantly adapt them to the market.
Writing automated tests is easy with Ruby on Rails. This makes it a great fit for a test driven development approach. And that in turn has been proven to lower the cost of ownership over multiple years as the quality of the system is constantly tested.
Focus on feature delivery
Anything that is ‘common’ for web applications is handled by the framework. As a result, we can think in terms of problem domains for customers instead of worrying about how the framework can deliver something. You benefit because we’re focusing on business outcomes and not on coding solutions.
Known as ‘gems’, there are huge numbers of libraries that are ready to go. And they’re free because they are open source. That saves time and saves on licencing costs.
Ruby on Rails comes with many security features built into its framework as standard. When needed, we can add more that have been thoroughly proven in major commercial applications.
Applying Ruby on Rails application development services
We’ve used Ruby on Rails to produce a variety of applications for a wide range of customers, including a financial investment firm, a publisher and a cloud hosting company. In each case we’ve harnessed the power of the framework approach to streamline services and benefit their bottom line.
Case study: Index Ventures
For any significant financial investment, there are myriad checks and decisions that need to be made. Equally, time is absolutely of the essence. International venture capital company Index Ventures needed a tool to manage their deal flow process that somehow addressed these seemingly conflicting requirements.
Ruby on Rails was, for us, the obvious platform as it allowed us to focus solely on delivering everything they needed. This included agility in dealing with the constant ‘moving targets’ that are characteristic of the investment market, plus operational reliability and great usability – in essence, the ultimate assistant.
A Ruby on Rails Development Company
Ruby on Rails fits well with our approach to application development, which is to focus on business outcomes and not get distracted by the minutiae of coding. Our coding is top-notch, but Rails makes the development process easier for us and better for you.
We’re always happy to explain more about Ruby on Rails or any of the platforms we use, and why and when we use them. Get in touch – the coffee’s on us.