How to become a Ruby On Rails Developer

May 19, 2016 | Salman Akhtar
How to be ruby on rails developer

Let me start by talking about how important jargon could be while trying to learn a new language. When I initially started writing this peace I had no idea that ROR and Ruby on Rails is the same thing.

Upon further research I realized another thing; Ruby and Rails are two different things. If you want to be a software developer using ruby on rails, you would need to master two things the first is Ruby and then Rails. Ruby on Rails is known as Rails simply but it is more popularly referred to as the former.

What is Ruby on Rails?


A Ruby on Rails developer must know what the term actually means, upon inspection I came up with the following definition.

Ruby on Rails (Rails) entails a web application framework in the language Ruby under the MIT License.

“Rails” is a model–view–controller (MVC) framework, which provides default structures for a database, a web service, and web pages. It encourages and facilitates the use of established web standards for transferring data like JSON or XML; for display and user interfacing it borrows from HTML, CSS and JavaScript.

In addition to MVC, Rails incorporates the use of other well-known software engineering patterns and approaches, including the active record, don’t repeat yourself (dry) and convention over configuration (CoC).

It is theoretically possible to learn both Ruby and Rails at the same time but it can be difficult to know where Rails stops and Ruby begins; Due to this it’s important to be familiar not only with Rails but also the assisting platforms such as Ruby, basic Linux administration, JavaScript, and more.

To be a good Ruby on Rails developer it is essential with conventional Ruby; Ruby is very lax with coding style and the degree to which it can be modified. A good developer should follow a consistent style, such as the GitHub, when writing the source code.

A Ruby on Rails developer should be well versed with the rails guide that incorporates some basic fundamentals. Active Record is the M in MVC – the model – which is a layer of system responsible for representing business data and logic. Active Record facilitates the creation and use of business objects whose data requires persistent storage to a database

Not only would you need to be well versed with Ruby on Rails but also some of its assisting technologies as we discussed briefly earlier. Being a good Ruby on Rails developer requires knowledge of the following with a brief description of each.

Knowledge of HTML and CSS

Html CSS

A Ruby on Rails developer must be well versed with HTML and CSS. There can be a possibility of someone getting by without the respective knowledge but the possibility for that would be rare.

Focus on JavaScript

What is Java script

I’m going to lump JavaScript and jQuery together so that I can maintain focus on the main topic. Both terms are used to refer to almost the same in the programmer world. The learning outcome was that JavaScript is a bit more important to know as a Rails developer; looking into other Java scripts besides jQuery, Backbone, Ember, and Angular will define you as an expert Ruby on Rails Developer.

MySQL Database 

What is MySQL

My SQL has been the established standard being used for a reliable database option. The other notable options would be NOSQL and Postgres which can endorse you as an expert Ruby on Rails developer. The LAMP stack includes MySQL which further enhances its importance.

Unit Testing

Testing, Quality Assurance

It actually warms my heart to know that unit testing is in such wide demand. The Ruby and Rails communities have been forward-thinking and have embraced testing for a long time. Over the last several years, that mindset has become more widespread and now is part of many engineering cultures. Unit testing can be difficult to learn at first — particularly if trying to learn unit testing at the same time as programming concepts. The investment pays off in spades, both when applying for jobs and attempting to fix code you wrote six months ago.

The futuristic mindset in the Ruby on Rails Developer communities puts unit testing at the helm of operations. This has been a popular trend and has become part of many fields in engineering. It might be a tricky option to master for an entry level Ruby on Rails Developer.


RSPec technology

Although the basic Rails stack does not include RSpec, a lot of communities have embraced RSpec for its transparency and user friendliness when writing tests. RSpec can be a personal preferred testing framework of choice for a master Ruby on Rails Developer.



With Mercurial, Subversion, and other version-control systems still largely in use, Git is the most established standard for version control. The ability to use any version-control system is something that a professional Ruby on Rails developer would do; it could be the defining factor between a champion and a newbie.

Linux Administration

Linux Administration

Becoming acquainted with Linux and its basic lay out is extremely essential for a Ruby on Rails developer; Knowing how to navigate the OS, the way in which to install, update, configure and troubleshoot software etc. This is in line with the latest DevOps trend where developers write codes that help control the architecture of an application.



So I figured that being a good Ruby on Rails Developer is not just as simple as knowing how to code a Rails application. There are several other platforms and technologies that a person should be acquainted with before being an expert with the Ruby on Rails technology stack.

Author: Salman Akhtar

Salman Akhtar likes to portray brilliance into whatever he wants to do, in this undying quest heirarchy and structure dies and is taken over by a euphoric feeling of doing everything right.

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