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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.
Sep 14, 2018
Node.js is a modern back-end technology for building web applications, particularly real-time ones. The technology’s goal is to be efficient and lightweight, and to allow for building fast, scalable products. It’s being used across industries, including fintech, social media and e-commerce. Node’s many advantages apply particularly well to SaaS platforms. Here’s how.
Sep 5, 2018
Ember.js is a front-end framework primarily used for avoiding repetitive development work. Features common to every app have been built into Ember, which allows developers to focus on the unique aspects of their product. Developers love Ember for its sensible design, good documentation and simplicity. The framework has never been as popular as some other ones (e.g. Angular), but it has dedicated fans and is still going strong in 2018. In this article we answer the question of whether it’s still a good idea to use Ember for your new project.
Aug 29, 2018
Software as a Service (SaaS) projects face many unique challenges during development. Teams working on SaaS products need to focus on scalability, to make sure new modules and functionalities can be built easily as the platform develops and customers present special requirements. They need to be able to test their code easily and deliver a high-quality experience to enterprise clients. Thankfully, Ruby on Rails is a technology that helps SaaS companies solve many of these issues.
Integrations can oftentimes be a challenge to implement. Every system and website is different, with a unique internal architecture, capabilities and limits. Because of this, integration might require writing separate code for each system, as was the case for one of iRonin’s clients, an employee referral system used by many companies on their unique websites.
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 20, 2018
Finding excellent Node.js developers can be a real struggle. Many companies won’t even know what exactly they are looking for! We have gathered together some of the best practices for both general and Node.js software development to help out. Read on to find out how to spot a specialist in web applications development and what habits he or she should follow when handling Node.js ventures.
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.
Jun 29, 2018
When your code updates don’t get accepted to an open-source project. Whether to fork, forget, or build elsewhere: sometimes it’s a combination of approaches that is the winning strategy.
A brand new offer for a Senior Ruby on Rails Developer position is available on our Careers website! If you feel like you’ve been waiting to apply for ages, then wait no longer and take a step forward!
Jun 8, 2018
Node.js has been used by many renowned companies for creating their web applications. You probably don’t realize how many of these you are already dealing with in your everyday life. Node.js is a mature technology for web application development, one full of advantages, that can be - and has been - used in huge commercial projects. Let’s take a look at which ones exactly - and why these famous companies decided to move their apps to Node.
May 25, 2018
May 17, 2018
When you’re using Solr, sometimes the search can index records that have already been removed from your database - causing some frustration. Here’s how to remove these hanging records from Solr so you have a clean search again.
Apr 20, 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.
Design patterns in large Ruby on Rails web applications: constructing a Query Object class that is responsible for elegantly querying a database. Read our blog post to find out how to make a simple and easy to test Query Object implementation within a Rails application.
Mar 16, 2018
It’s time to get started with Part 4 of our GraphQL series. This time we will build an API with Ruby on Rails. This will provide the same features and functionality as an API built with Node.js, as we covered in part 2.
Feb 23, 2018
In part 3 of our GraphQL series, its time to put our API into action - this tutorial will guide you through creating a simple GraphQL client web app, all through the use of the Vue.js framework. Contains all the relevant code you need for the project!
Feb 9, 2018
This article marks the latest chapter in our GraphQL series. In the first part of our series, we went through Explaining GraphQL and How it Differs from REST and SOAP APIs. GraphQL is a newcomer in helping us to build efficient APIs and is becoming a highly viable alternative to REST.
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.
Dec 6, 2017
A step-by-step guide to sending emails from a Phoenix web app (Elixir). If you don’t have any on hand - don’t worry, we will show you also how to create a Phoenix app, then how to write your first mailer to be sent from it and how to preview emails during development. Let’s go!
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.
Nov 23, 2017
There’s a new kid in town… GraphQL presents a new way to build APIs, that builds on solid concepts of the past and comes to grips with the inefficiencies RESTful architectures. Check out the differences, similarities, and comparison code snippets in this article.
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.
Sep 15, 2017
An introduction to serverless architecture; we outline the pros and cons of using this setup for running applications and take you through an example serverless app. We’ll guide you through building your own serverless web service with Node.js so you can see just how efficient this technology really is.
Built your interactive web application using Vue.js with Webpack and wondering how to deploy it? We explain how to deploy Vue.js Single Page Applications to Heroku.
Jul 14, 2017
At iRonin, we have a vast amount of experience in creating interactive web applications. In this piece, we would like to show you how to write Single Page Applications with the Vue.js framework, with ready-to-use solutions and code snippets as examples.
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.
Here’s the story of how we took the Creatubbles kids’ creative platform app, and breathed fresh life into it - with an Ember.js Single Page Application frontend, for awesome User Experience and a fast and responsive interface. Shout out to working with an excellent global software development team on this project!
May 26, 2017
84K in savings a year? Yup, that’s how much we managed to save this one company by migrating their app from Heroku over to AWS and reconfiguring their code – all because we were fine tuning performance. Moral of the story here is: make sure the team you have on board to write your code are good at what they do – otherwise you might just need to get our DevOps and software developers team in to help sort things out later…
May 10, 2017
We just love it when we stumble on new ways of doing things that make our lives easier. As developers, finding a new solution or tool that fixes issues with the way we’ve been doing things is sort of like finding gold.
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.