Five Ruby Methods You Should Be Using

There’s something magical about the way that Ruby flows from your fingertips. Perhaps that’s why it was once said that “Ruby will teach you to express your ideas through a computer.” And it’s most likely the reason that Ruby has become such a popular choice for modern web development.

Just as in other languages, there are numerous ways to say the same thing in Ruby. I spend a lot of time reading and nitpicking people’s code on Exercism. And I often see exercises solved in a way that could be greatly simplified if the author had only known a certain Ruby method.

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A Look at Rails 5

From the start, Rails was praised for being the easiest way to get Ruby on the web. Not only has it solidified itself as the easiest option, it’s become the best. Since then, many other options have arrived, but Rails is still the de facto framework for Ruby developers.

On June 30, 2016, Rails 5.0.0 was released. Since then, Ruby has spent more than 4,100 commits to make things simpler for users. Additionally, it’s released numerous iterations, including Rails 5.1.2, which was released on June 26, 2017.

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Life Beyond Rails: A Brief Look at Alternate Web Frameworks for Ruby

Let’s talk about the elephant in the room: Rails is great and is exactly what’s needed for large-scale production applications. It has history—and if you got started in Ruby working on the web, chances are Rails is what you’re most familiar with. All these things are a fair argument for Rails as the framework of choice for many projects.

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Using Docker for Rails in a Production Environment

Need to know the options for running Rails in production? Using Docker for Rails may be the way to go.

Running a Rails application in production requires installing Ruby and other packages. It's not difficult and configuration management system like Chef or Ansible makes it even easier. Here we're going to look at a different approach. By using Docker, installing Ruby and other packages happens on the build phase. In your production servers, you'll run your Rails application like any other Docker containers.

If you want to follow along, you need to have Docker installed on your local machine. I use docker-machine but there are other ways of getting Docker.
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