Reasons to Hire Ruby Developers in Ukraine
Before rushing into the decision to hire Ruby developer, let’s pay a closer look to a language itself, its areas of application and features. Initially designed as a general-purpose language, this programming language has lived through its ups and downs. As for January 2019, Ruby is 18th in TIOBE rating losing 1.31% of its previous rate.
Overview of the Technology
In short terms, Ruby is an object-oriented programming language with a diverse application range and cross-platform approach. Supporting multiple programming paradigms, it also offers dynamic typing discipline and memory management.
Yukihiro Matsumoto, the person behind the creation of Ruby, says he wanted to make a language that is both multi-purpose and fun to work with. On the contrary to the common approach that focuses on the need of computers and machines, Matsuno decided to shift the focus to how human being interact and what can they do with this tool. Mr.Matsumo denies following the POLA (principle of least astonishment), however, Ruby is meant to create as least confusion for experienced Ruby developers as possible.
The first public appearance of Ruby was on Dec 21, 1995, for the local community in Japan, followed by immediate releases of three new versions within two days. Ruby 1.0 was introduced on Dec 25, 1996, and in 1997 the very first article about Ruby was published. With several stable releases (ver 1.2 from Dec 1998, ver 1.4 from Aug 1999 and ver 1.6 from Sept 2000), this language was keeping the public attention quite well. In August 2003 Ruby 1.8 was introduced and it was designed to adhere to ISO standards and set several examples itself. In 2005, the tandem with Rails created an amazing Ruby on Rails framework which contributed greatly to the popularization of this programming language. Followed by the 1.9 release on Dec 25, 2007, that introduced numerous significant changes (like lambda syntax) and Ruby 2.0 with method keyword arguments, Ruby went all the way up to version 2.1 when they re-introduced the versioning policy, reserving major releases for the special events, minor for Christmas releases (yeah, we all have seen the pattern), teeny for bug fixing or security updates and patches for commits.
In 2.2 a different approach to memory handling was introduced (garbage collector), the 2.3 version brought numerous performance improvements, followed by 2.4 and 2.5 with similar updates to keep up with growing competition. The most recent version of Ruby is 2.6 that was released on Dec 2018.
According to the recent survey, most projects run on versions 2.3, 2.4. and 2.5 (the research was conducted before the formal introduction on Ruby 2.6), however, 29% of developers have reported that they are no willing to change the version of their project.
Main Features of Ruby
If asked what features make Ruby great, a lot of top Ruby developers would list the following:
- Well-thought through and delicately designed object-oriented approach with metaclasses and inheritance;
- Imperative execution of virtually anything that is an expression;
- Multi-level scope variation (from the local, through instance and class to global);
- Dedicated garbage collection;
- Package management through RubyGems (will discuss later);
- Flexible syntax with little noise, etc.
As a language itself, Ruby is not widespread, however, it has numerous frameworks with prevailing domination of Rails.
One of the greatest things about this technology is the collection of gems, also known as Ruby packages. With almost 150 thousand of various packages, it is one of the largest extension libraries scoring over 30 billion downloads.
Every gem is supposed to have source code (with supporting utilities and test coverage), documentation and specification of this particular gem. Moreover, there is a guide for virtually any question a fellow Ruby developer can have. Most of the developers tend to use Bundler to work with gems.
What Is Ruby Programming?
Ruby development is a process of development based on the domination of Ruby as a programming solution for the server side of a website or application.
What Types of Projects Can Be Done with Ruby?
We have to be honest, separating the Ruby-only projects from its popular framework was not an easy task to complete. Based on the what Ruby itself presents and common examples of application found on the Web, we can say that Ruby can be used in:
- Simulations. Did you know that Nasa research facilities use Ruby as a part of their simulation development process?
- 3D modeling. SketchUp from Google uses Ruby for macro-scripting API.
- Robotics. MORPHA project has used Ruby to execute reactive control parts in the service robot.
- Networking. Using Ruby to allows real-time IP configuration? No problem! Open Domain Servers allows mapping dynamic DNS to static domains using Ruby.
- Business. Toronto Rehab uses a Ruby-based app to provide on-call and on-site support for the IT teams.
- Web apps. Basecamp is based entirely of Ruby.
As we can see, the Ruby programming examples any versatile both in size and areas of application. As for Ruby web development, the number of websites that use Ruby as their server-side technology is growing, despite the competition.
Why Choose Ruby?
In most cases, a company that chooses Ruby already know a lot about it. However, if you were recommended to use Ruby but have your doubts, take a look at this.
Constant improvement. With every release, Ruby get’s faster and faster and it is relatively easy to port from one version to the other. This language is more open to change than its main competitors.
Great performance. Designed around the same time as Python and following similar principals, Ruby tends to have better benchmarks results compared to Python (source Forbes).
Extensive community. A great development community means both support and opportunities. The bigger the community is, the greater chances are to find a solution to a problem.
Flexible. Ruby is a dynamically typed language which gives more freedom in terms of features and methods of problem-solving.
These reasons do not cover the programmer’s side of the story. Not only is it elegant, but it is also relatively easy to study and has an extensive number of tutorials and solutions. By the way, we should also pay attention to a Ruby developer as a representative of the development community.
Ruby Developer: Who Is He?
Let’s follow the same principle as separate Ruby from Ruby on Rails here. A Ruby developer for hire would be a person with knowledge of a programming language itself, as well as a long list of other skills that can help them make the development process better. Let’s also not forget about such an opportunity as hiring a Ruby consultant. Such a specialist might be a great solution if you are looking for the optimal way to integrate Ruby development into your project. The best part about hiring a consultant is that he will be able to optimize all the processes around your Ruby development project so that it fits your workflow in the most convenient way possible. In addition, you will be able to optimize your whole company’s workflow if you carefully listen to your consultant’s plan.
What Is the Difference between Ruby and Ruby on Rails Developers?
It is important to understand who is called a Ruby developer and what a Ruby on Rails programmer does. When you hear about on demand Ruby on Rails developers and thinks that they do the same things as Ruby coders, you are not quite right. Here are the differences:
- Ruby is used for desktop app development, while Ruby on Rails – for web applications;
- It is harder to write a web application in Ruby, then create an app with Ruby on Rails framework;
- Ruby apps have higher productivity and are easier to maintain, while Ruby on Rails applications are more interactive.
Thus, let’s move to the essential experiences and knowledge that a reliable Ruby developer should have.
Ruby Developer Resume Must-Haves
When it comes to recruitment, a company hiring Ruby engineer needs to understand what type of specialist to they need, what tasks should they handle, therefore what qualifications and experience should they possess.
A mid or senior level expert would need to have:
- experience with cloud-hosting services,
- a wider databases knowledge (including MySQL/PostgreSQL),
- as well as deep understanding of HTTP-protocols and related topics.
A good sign of an experienced Ruby developer would be their contribution to the community.
Ruby software developer resume should include:
- Understanding the full SDLC
- Knowledge of (and preferably experience with) software architecture
- Practical experience with Behaviour-driven design (BDD) and Test-driven-design (TDD)
- Dev-ops experience (or at least participation in the set-up process.)
It is obvious, that in terms of programming Ruby requires knowledge ob basic things like version control, deployment options (Heroku, Capistrano, Docker, CI), as well as basic understanding of project management and its tools (JIRA, Trello, etc.)
Ruby Developer Salary
Being a language that has specific areas of application, the rates of Ruby development compensations vary based on the country or type of the project.
Ruby development is expensive, as the development services require specific skill-set and profound knowledge of technology. For example, in the USA junior Ruby developer salary strikes and average 69K with a $32.39 hourly rate, whereas average compensation for such services reaches annual $74,629 ($33.54 per hour). However, the senior Ruby developer salary can reach over $120.000 making such services extremely expensive. In the UK an average Ruby developer salary scores annual £35,557, however, the mid-level expert is typically paid £45k+ annually for the serviced rendered. In Canada, an average rate would be C$65,547 making it C$35.00 per hour (roughly equals $26.6), while in Europe such services can cost a fortune (e.g. Germany pays an average €78.61 per hour of Ruby development).
The question is: can we reduce the cost of services without compromising the quality?
Your answer is outsourcing. And before you make any excuses, give it a thought. Let’s take Ukraine as an example of a Ruby services provider.
First, the salary rates are predictable and can be planned ahead for the duration of the project. Here is the data that supports the theory:
Next, the development community in Ukraine is bigger than the population of some small European country. With the growing demand for outsourcing services, our developers possess both expertise and a sufficient level of English to work with customers from all over the world. And the last thing that makes Ukraine a great choice in terms of outsourcing, the associated expenses (such as rent, health care, etc) are much lower, reducing the overall rates.
How to Find a Ruby Developer?
Making the decision has never been an easy task. However, when it comes to Ruby development, there is very little to say against the outsourcing of the development to the third party. Not only is it cost-efficient helping a company save thousands of dollars per project, but it also allows one to access a wired pool of experts to work with. However, the choice remains: do you choose a company to work with or a freelance developer (Ruby developer remote). Despite the common belief that freelance services are cheaper (which is not entirely true), they also come with a lot of issues (lack of control, complicated communication, etc).
So outstaffing or outsourcing will be a much better choice as you will have a company that will take care of all the processes and will handle additional expenses (such as rent, bonuses, etc).
Why choose Mobilunity as Your Ruby Partner?
If you find yourself in a situation where is a Ruby developer needed, or even a dedicated team is required, here is how can we help.
Here at Mobilunity, we believe that every business can find a perfect solution for their needs. In order to do that, we offer the following scenario:
- We discuss the needs of a particular project and create a profile of an expert or team needed to comply with the requirements;
- We search for potential candidates among the best Ruby developers.
- We conduct the interviews to choose the programmers that fit the requested profiles best.
- You meet the chosen experts during the interviews in order to choose the ones you feel great about.
- After an offer, we negotiate the best conditions for both you and the developer
What Makes Us a Great Choice As Your Ruby Development Provider?
While we are not the biggest company in Ukraine, we are proud of what we have achieved so far. Our clients choose us because of:
- Worldwide experience with clients from various domains (from start-ups to enterprise solutions).
- The enormous pool of dedicated developers, who can deal with any level of complexity of the project.
- Fair pricing policy (even compared to other Ukrainian companies) with no hidden ‘extras’.
- The prime quality of the code, testing, and project communication.
- Ability to comply even with the tightest deadlines set