We are Austin Ruby on Rails Developers
Faster development, cleaner code, better results
Why do we use Rails?
There are lots of computer languages out there, lots of styles of software development, even lots of web application frameworks. While they all have different pros and cons, all have their place. Here at Lone Star, we focus most of our efforts on building sophisticated web software using Ruby on Rails...
Ruby is code the way it should be. Logical, easy to read, unencumbered with superfluous punctuation. ‘Convention over configuration’ means developers can focus on the challenges and unique features of your software, not re-invent the wheel on all the stuff that works like any other app.
Rails is opinionated, and that’s a good thing. Where developers using other languages and frameworks might spend hours getting ‘ready’ to build your app, Rails developers can have something up and running fast, using built-in naming conventions and standard functionality, from database tables and fields to relationships between data objects. And these standards mean that future developers can pick up the same code and quickly understand how it works and what it does.
Rails is Agile
Rails was designed with Agile in mind. As a framework, the philosophies behind every line of code encourage developers to work in an Agile fashion, meaning faster time-to-prototype, which means more flexibility and less lock-in if requirements change or new ideas emerge. Rails helps us work with the customer, rather than against them.
The Ruby on Rails community places great emphasis on Test-Driven Development, meaning that developers don’t just write a pile of code, launch it on a server, and hope it works. Instead, every major system in a sophisticated app is supported underneath by an integrated test framework that ensures that the software behaves the way the developers (and the client) expect. Developers write each test as they build the software, helping them better understand the challenges they’re solving and know for sure that they’re solving it. And if an unforeseen bug is discovered, new tests can be added to ensure that that same bug never happens again.
The Ruby community at-large is vibrant and active. Every week, the community creates new libraries, new versions of various frameworks, and new blog posts discussing every aspect of Ruby programming. Tapping into this rich ecosystem gives developers the ability to solve challenging problems quickly and lets them discover sophisticated libraries that can shave days, even weeks, off development time. And even many non-Ruby technologies, like jQuery and Coffeescript, share ties with the larger Ruby world, making it a massive ecosystem that heavily supports cutting-edge web software development.