Ruby on Rails or AngularJS

Which one is Interesting to Learn: Ruby on Rails or AngularJS?


A constantly evolving and expanding technology landscape has ensured a multitude of web development platforms. Here we take up two of currently popular platforms viz., AngularJS and Ruby on Rails. Both however are rather disparate approaches of web development.

For all those with high emphasis on UI (User Interface) development AngularJS is the clear choice while Ruby on Rails (RoR) is the pick for those interested in back-end development. As a web development company, developers who have competencies in both of them are a preferred fit. As a developer wanting to learn, the first thing to understand is how these two architectures fundamentally differ:

Ruby on Rails (Back-end Web Development)

  • Typically, RoR is a “request response” MVC web app framework and mainly handles server side activities such as ORM mapping, database connectivity and caching.
  • Any back-end development platform consists of 3 things: an application, server and database.
  • It’s a more traditional architecture, but not as user-friendly from a UI perspective.
  • Not easy to learn: If you want to develop small projects you can use its out-of-the-box functionalities. For bigger projects, you will have to have an in-depth understanding of plugins and gems.

Some key benefits of ROR:

  • Development takes less time
  • Easy to customize due to modular design
  • Effective development cost and better ROI delivery

AngularJS (Front-end Web Development):

  • AngularJS is a single page application MVC.
  • Preloads a bunch of Java Script files and interacts with the Restful web API to bind and manipulate data.
  • It follows MVC pattern but does not maintain database connectivity, ORM mapping and caching.
  • If you want to build creative, interactive and beautiful web applications, then AngularJS would be the best choice for your enterprise level applications.
  • Everything on websites like buttons, menus, contact forms, transitions and sliders are controlled by AngularJS (because it supports front-end web development).

Some key benefits of AngularJS:

  • Faster speed and performance due to drag and drop feature.
  • Develop applications (hybrid apps) across all major platforms.
  • Two way data binding.

So which is best for web development? This actually depends on your business needs and related dynamics, if you want to get an application from a pure UI perspective, then you need to embrace AngularJS approach otherwise go with Ruby on Rails. Connect with Mobiloitte to learn more about AngularJS and Ruby on Rails and how these can be best used for your business needs.