Rails is a web application framework written in Ruby, thus its name. It is a Module/Model View Controller (MVC) which has a toolsel to help programmers/developers create web applications and websites as well. The toolset included with Ruby on Rails provides the default structures for a database, a web service, and web pages.
Python was used to create Django – a high-level web framework which allows developers to focus on creating their web apps fast and easy. Using Django, developers/programmers were able to create complex and database-driven websites with ease. It is a free and open-source web framework.
Both definition mentioned “web framework“. What exactly is a web framework? Again, we define the term:
A web framework (WF) or web application framework (WAF) is software specifically designed for the development of web applications. These include web API’s, web resources and web services. The purpose of web frameworks is to automate the activities of the developers when working in web development.
Now that you have an idea of what Ruby on Rails and Python are, I will now proceed to the main topic of this post – Ruby on Rails vs Python.
Ruby On Rails Vs Python: Battle of Web Frameworks
The best way to find out which of the two web framework is suited for your need is to do a comparison of their capabilities. We shall be looking at what each has to offer.
Ruby on Rails and Python (Django) are used to create web applications. They are similar in terms of performance because they are both scripting languages. As such, Ruby on Rails and Python give the developers all the functionalities of MVC frameworks (model/views/controllers) and database migrations.
To add features to your web applications, the two web frameworks have various libraries which developers/programmers can use. For Ruby on Rails, developers have the Rubygems repository. For Python/Django, the repository is called Package Index.
Both Ruby on Rails and Python have their own followers. These active and robust communities have a great effect on which direction the web frameworks will go. Users and developers alike contribute ideas for updates on how to improve the software.
The majority of Python followers are from the academic and the scientific world since Python is more prevalent in math and science. On the other hand, followers of Ruby on Rails include those more concerned with web development.