Gartner Research

Ruby on Rails Revisited

Published: 05 June 2008

ID: G00203502

Analyst(s): Joe Niski


The Ruby on Rails (aka Rails) web application framework is increasingly popular with web developers. Enterprises are interested in Rails, but remain wary. Rails 2.0, released in December 2007, includes productivity enhancements and improved support for architecture based on Representational State Transfer (REST). These features, a maturing ecosystem of tools, and support for Ruby and Rails in Java and .NET should encourage enterprises to give Rails a closer look. In this updated Application Platform Strategies report, Senior Analyst Joe Niski explains new features, describes supporting tools, and examines the benefits and limitations of Rails.

Table Of Contents



  • Many Faces of Productivity
  • Rails Is the New Black
  • The Honeymoon Is Ending
    • Performance Concerns and Feature Gaps
    • Project Health and Maturity
  • Market Impact
    • Market Definition
    • Market Segmentation
    • Market Dymamics
  • Recommendations

The Details

  • The Ruby Programming Language
    • What Kind of Language Is It?
    • Standard Libraries
    • Ruby Runtime Engines
    • Bundled Utilities
    • Concerns About Ruby
  • Rails MVC
    • Request-Response Lifecycle
    • Active Record
    • Other Model Types
    • Action Controller
    • Action View
  • Services and Clients
    • Rails and Web Services
    • Rails and REST
  • Developing with Rails
    • Application Setup
    • Generators and Scaffolding
    • Developer Testing
    • Environment Configuration and Workflow
    • Rake Tasks
    • Programming Tools
  • Deploying a Rails Application
    • Server Options
    • Scaling Out
    • Deployment Tools
  • Application Security
    • Access Control
    • SSL Support
    • Exploit Protection
    • Cookies Aren't Encrypted



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