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The decision of what tools you use for any task tends to have a huge impact on your work, time and final results. Before using the most popular solution, it’s a good idea to do at least basic research on your other options. I’ll show you a good alternative for many CMS apps built in Ruby – RefineryCMS. You might find basic information on the subject in our previous article, CMS Comparison for Rails App, but this time I’ll go into more details and answer the following question: ‘is Refinery worth using at all?’ How can we compare it to the most popular competitors like WordPress, Joomla or Drupal?
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Ruby is the main language we use for web development at Netguru. It’s already solid on its own, but gets even better with Ruby on Rails - a great framework that had a major influence on web development. Still, life goes on and the whole tech industry keeps moving forward. New languages are invented, new frameworks are created and different architectures gain popularity. The Ruby community is looking towards Elixir, a language based on the Erlang VM - the language that helped WhatsApp build their product. As an app owner, you’re probably wondering which language to choose for your new project. This article aims to shed some light on the pros and cons of both Ruby and Elixir.
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Lead time (in terms of Lean Management) is a crucial KPI which might decide if a startup succeeds or not. Audience feedback and the first revenue (however low) are essential for the new companies. Creating a prototype which allows validating your idea shortly is crucial. This enables taking the right direction for further development. That’s why, the speed of software development is really important. Less time spent on coding means faster user feedback cycle and smaller development costs.
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At some point, you will have to decide where to host your amazing RoR application. Choosing between dozens of excellent hosting providers might not be so easy. Choosing each provider will have its own trade-offs in terms of price, deployment and configuration flexibility, and scalability to name a few. To make your choice easier, we have compared eight major RoR hosting providers. Depending on your application requirements and budget, you can make the right choice using our description of key strengths and weaknesses of these hosting providers.
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Refactoring means, in simplest possible terms, improving existing code without changing its functionality. It’s all about code quality and optimisation, not product redesign. Users never see the changes. So why do it? Because ultimately, refactoring can prevent your app from generating huge upkeep costs and, as a result, make your business more successful.
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A lot of businesses decide to start a collaboration with an external Ruby on Rails development team. As using remote support is becoming more and more popular in different businesses, it is crucial for stakeholders to understand both the opportunities and the potential risks of such an approach, and to be able to verify the skill and experience level of a software development agency.
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Ruby on Rails and Django are both perfect frameworks for web development. The things that they have in common range from programming language similarities (Ruby, for Rails, and Python, for Django, are both object-oriented and dynamically-typed) to performance (which is specific for each project). It’s safe to say they are like twins, differing only in the language used under the hood and the applied philosophies, each born in a different ecosystem. So, how do you choose one over the other?
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Building an in-house team can be quite a challenge. That’s why remote development teams are gaining popularity, and more companies use services of Ruby on Rails development agencies. It’s an attractive alternative, but if you want everything to go smoothly, make sure that you prepare yourself before you start cooperation. Communication and transparency are crucial in Ruby on Rails development. Following certain rules will help you solve all potential problems, manage workflow, and keep all issues under control. Before the setup, you should learn a little bit about the technology so that you can understand your team better and streamline the process.
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Machine Learning is a trending field of Computer Science turning computer’s computations into a new level and giving a number of unique opportunities. It’s getting more and more popular, and it’s common for modern web application as well as services, such as Netflix, Spotify, Amazon.com and Facebook. Machine Learning is a good solution for apps based on recommendations or some kind of predictions. If you want to build such apps, you will need an efficient backend technology to support it. Is Ruby on Rails the right choice?
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Ruby on Rails for E-commerce

An online store is a good business model. Customers visit your website, browse, put items in the basket, and transfer money to your account. Whereas it might look simple from the outside, many things can go wrong inside your business, especially from the technological perspective.
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