Ruby articles by our experts
Jun 25, 2019
There has been a conversation about Ruby on Rails and the gradual decline in its popularity. We set out to find out whether there was any truth to this conversation. Learn how Ruby on Rails has matured over the years and see if it’s worth in 2019.
Earlier in April this year, the new versions for Ruby 2.6.3 and Rails 6.0.0 RC1 were announced on ruby-lang.org and rubyonrails.org respectively. We looked into the new versions to see how the features have improved, and how the revised features bring more clarity to developers’ work who utilize Ruby and Ruby on Rails.
We’re happy to report that we participated in another successful RRUG meeting. During this one, two interesting topics were discussed: full-text searching, and IT systems architecture.
Apr 12, 2019
The wroclove.rb Ruby conference is among our favourite events to go to. This year, a number of representatives from iRonin were present, to engage with the community, learn, share their own knowledge and experience, and enjoy the atmosphere created by gathering so many like-minded people in one place. We enjoyed ourselves immensely, and we’d like to share our observations and the things we learned.
The most recent Rzeszów Ruby User Group meeting confirmed our belief that it’s worth it to discuss topics other than Ruby even among a Ruby crowd. The organizers saw a 50% increase in attendance compared to previous editions. Participants talked about the advantages and disadvantages of TypeScript, and learned what the role of a DevOps Engineer is and isn’t. Overall, it was a very fruitful meeting.
We’ve had another successful meeting of the Rzeszów Ruby User Group and we’re eager to share our thoughts and impressions! iRonin is the proud sponsor of RRUG. Our developers are active members of the community and enjoy sharing their knowledge through presentations on various Ruby-related topics. This time, they were there to listen to two other speakers, who talked about building apps using hexagonal architecture and about what it means to be a “senior” developer.
Here’s a short tip for all programmers out there: do not push by force to gem repo. Why?
Nov 13, 2018
We’ve had another amazing RRUG meeting - the sixteenth one, and we’re sure there are many more to come. Once more, iRonin had the pleasure of sponsoring the event. This time, the presentations touched upon the often underestimated rake tasks, and the mistakes developers make that lead to very unhappy testers. Read on to learn more!
Oct 15, 2018
Another fantastic RRUG meeting is behind us! We had the opportunity to sponsor the recent edition of the Rzeszów Ruby User Group meetup, which is a wonderful, welcoming community for all Ruby fans in the area. Join us next time for interesting presentations and the opportunity to spend time with like-minded developers.
Oct 3, 2018
If you’re looking for a Ruby on Rails development team, you likely know RoR’s advantages. It’s a great back-end framework for rapidly developing robust web apps. Thanks to how mature both the community and the technology are, Rails resources (most iconic of which are its libraries, called gems) are stable and trustworthy. Instead of writing a user registration feature from scratch, developers can focus their attention on what makes the project truly unique. And on top of all that, Rails’ testing culture and support are excellent.
Knowing this, what you need next is to find the experts that’ll help you leverage Rails’ strengths.
Do you know what Airbnb, GitHub and Kickstarter have in common? Their websites are built with Ruby on Rails, a well-known and much-loved back-end framework. Though widely used for large-scale projects, Rails offers a particular advantage to startups, as it allows for rapid development and helps shorten time-to-market while maintaining high code quality. Rails is a web framework for the programming language Ruby, which has been around since the mid 1990s and is still popular among developers. Its main rivals in the world of web development are Python and PHP, and in this article, we’d like to take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of these three technologies.
Recently, we had an interesting request from one of our clients where we needed to implement time travel for testing purposes - or fake time travel at least! The Quality Assurance (QA) team of one of our clients wanted to test functionality under particular time constraints within their application. To do that, they needed is to move the application’s internal clock to check and see whether some these time-based actions were allowed or forbidden (depending on the case). Mocking up operating system’s datetime settings on Heroku was the answer, with setting up environmental variables for datetime testing. Heroku datetime testing in a Ruby on Rails application required a little configuration - but we were able to get the job done.
Jul 13, 2018
Are you using Datadog and Heroku? Would you like to send your Ruby on Rails application’s logs to Datadog for history purposes and easier processing? We will show you how to do it.
May 25, 2018
Often improving performance means saving money, and vice versa - when looking into how to save money, we can find ways to optimize the performance of Ruby on Rails apps. We care deeply about efficient and economic work, so we often come up with solutions to save money, development time and make our jobs easier.
Mar 30, 2018
It’s that time again… the weekend of 16-18th March was time for iRonin Ruby on Rails developers to get excited and head to Wroclove.rb - the most prominent event in the Ruby community, that we have been supporting since 2015. It is almost a company tradition to visit Wroclaw and participate in this amazing event for Ruby enthusiasts and developers. Check what our top Ruby developers have to say about this event.
Feb 24, 2018
It’s February 24, which means we are celebrating Ruby’s 25th birthday! 😉 Happy birthday to one of our favorites - has it really been that long?
Those in the know use Arel as a clever SQL AST manager for Ruby. It makes SQL queries easy to read, reliable, and secure - and it’s database agnostic. Learn the basics of Arel right here in our mini-tutorial.
Dec 28, 2017
Part 3 in our series, our final blog post tackles uploading files from your Ruby web app to S3 as a background process using the Shrine gem, referenced only by a remote URL. Detailed instructions and code inside!
Learn how to directly upload files from your Ruby web app to Amazon S3 storage using the Shrine gem in Part 2 of our series. Covers all the code and configuration files you need to upload efficiently as a background process.
Store Your Files on S3 Using the Ruby Shrine Gem (Part 1 of our series), details how to set up the Shrine gem and configure it for uploading files to S3. Our goal for the series is to upload files as a background process, as well as check the files for correctness as a security measure. Follow our step by step instructions right here.
Storing web application user files is quite easy with Amazon S3, Amazon’s highly scalable and durable object storage. We will show you how to connect it to your Ruby web application and manipulate files on it with a use of a Ruby Fog gem.
Jun 28, 2017
In the super critical sphere of fin-tech web app development, there’s no room for mistakes. Find out in our case study of a Ruby on Rails US Lease Management System the best practices for dealing with systems where customers real money is at stake in every line of code, every piece of the infrastructure, and in every hour of the day.
Jun 16, 2017
We would like to introduce you our longest working Ruby expert. Read an interview with our first on-boarded Ruby developer, where he talks about his impressions after over 5 years of agile software development with our company and his personal career path. Plus he shares his thoughts on iRonin’s journey to its prestigious current position and on IT world in general.
Apr 21, 2017
Today I wanted to have a closer look at the different ways for passing boolean arguments and assigning default values to them.
Mar 31, 2017
When you work on a project that’s been around for quite a while, you’re probably going to - sooner or later - encounter a few skeletons in the closet. These skeletons might be sections of code or design patterns that people know about, know they are bad, and yet no one is addressing them for various reasons. Probably because nobody wants to do the redesign if the code just “works” - even if it’s terrible. What’s worse is when these same structures or patterns are being repeated, because people are blindly following them!
Mar 22, 2017
Mar 3, 2017
Working correctly with database indexes is always the key to application performance and reliability. Especially when the amount of data grows rapidly, well designed database architecture really pays off. However, when we’re working with database indexes, it can be easy to miss something, or fall into the trap of a tricky outlying case. One of these is when performing unique indexing on multiple columns, where at least one of them is null.