Ruby on Rails is an open source web application framework that uses the Ruby programming language. Think of it as ready-built code scaffolding that has lots of useful defaults, allowing Rails developers to rapidly build websites.
Ruby on Rails is a full-stack framework: developers can create pages and applications that receive information from a web server, talk to or query a database, and render templates right out of the box. Ruby on Rails is ideal for rapid prototyping, full-scale enterprise applications, and global commercial apps (ever heard of Twitter?) because it is flexible, scalable, and makes it easy for web developers to write and maintain applications.
Ruby on Rails emphasizes the use of well-known software engineering patterns and principles to reduce the amount of work necessary when building web applications. There are usually multiple ways to solve a programming challenge in Ruby, but relying on commonly used patterns makes Rails sites easier to maintain and upgrade. Open source libraries of gems (smaller blocks of code that solve particular problems) are commonly used to reduce development overhead--developers can insert stable, well-tested gems with a few lines of code instead of spending weeks reinventing the proverbial wheel.
Clients benefit both from the reduced time and cost of development, and because these gems often represent the leading edge of technical innovation. Gems are designed to be mix and match. New gems can be easily added to a web application; old gems can be updated or removed when new solutions arise.
NIRD is a full-stack Ruby development consultancy. We specialize in providing innovative solutions in Technical Architecture, Visual Design, User Experience, and Development for digital platforms including web, mobile and video. Our training services and our experience setting up server and technical infrastructure make us unique in our industry.
NIRD can handle highly technical projects involving server management, as well as flexible, highly extensible web applications that are perfect for start-ups. No matter what the size of your project, we pride ourselves on teaching non-developers how to use and maintain the technical solutions we provide.
Our core team of highly skilled Ruby developers work collaboratively to achieve an ideal balance of cost, time, and skills on projects. In addition, we can bring in trusted professional resources as the project demands. The extensive experience and skills of our multidisciplinary team enable us to provide top-tier agency services without the high cost and complexity associated with those organizations.