It’s no secret in the world of tech that Ruby and Python Developers are in high demand in the current market, but very hard to find.
 
 This has sparked my curiosity for the reasons as to why these technologies are winning the hearts of developer and businesses, and what it is developers enjoy about using these technologies and why they would choose Python or Ruby as the right technology for their IT Product.  
 
Ruby and Python were both established in the early to mid 1990’s and belong to the most recent generation of high-level programming languages.  From conversation I have had with developers both coding structures are said to be simple to understand and learn, containing words from the natural language.
 
Both languages have a clear and concise syntax that fastens the overall development process allowing a quick release of products or prototypes. Their supporting frameworks, Ruby on Rails and Django makes both languages very convenient for developing websites and web applications.
 
I’ve been working with a number of graduates who favour both languages and are being pulled in two directions, so I’ve put together a basic intro in the hopes to give a high level overview of each language.
 
Why choose Ruby?
 
Besides the pretty name, Ruby is considered to be more aesthetically pleasing to read over other programming languages. Designed by Japanese engineer Yukihiro Matsumoto - Ruby is a dynamic, open source, object-oriented and reflective programming language. Ruby is said to be a programming language that writes code for humans first and computers second.
 
Ruby is supported by the framework Ruby on Rails which is a robust framework built on MVC architecture. Its in-built libraries and built-in functionalities are a very likeable factor for developers as it makes life easy not having to develop anything from scratch, in turn speeding up the final product.
 
Successful websites built on Ruby on Rails include Twitter, Airbnb, Shopify and Github.
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Why choose Python?
 
Python on the other-hand is said to be a quick-to-learn, very effective, high level and object-orientated programming language, developed by Dutch engineer Guido van Rossum.
 
Python has similar potential to Ruby but with a slightly different focus area and is the preferred language used by data scientists.  This is probably because of its collection of statistical libraries for data Science.
 
Python’s core function as a programming language is to ensure everything is visible to the developers, so that any error or faults can be easily picked up. This saves a lot of time for a developer and can in turn speed up final product for production phase. Django is the main framework that supports Python, and similar to Ruby on Rails is follows MVC architecture.
 
Successful websites built with Python’s Django include Instagram, Spotify, Youtube and BitBucket.

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My two cents!
 
Python and Ruby are two of the best examples of the new generation of high-level languages. Both Python and Ruby are good solutions for designing a backend side of the web product. Despite the noisy arguments from both languages’ camps, it is impossible to say whether one language is ‘better’ overall than the other. It’s evident that each has some areas it is better suited to, because of the features and support from other users in the same area. Ruby is more suited to web development via the Rails framework, and for Python it is more aligned to scientific and academic programming.
 
Each language has some capabilities or features that the other one does not have or does not do as well. Ruby’s main focus is giving developers the freedom to do whatever they want, whereas Python is known for its ease of learning and clear visibility for developers to spot faults or errors. This produces an interesting culture split between verticals.
 
If you’re interested in pursuing an entry level (or beyond!) role within the Ruby or Python space, please feel free to contact me at eva.w@circuitrec.com.au      
 
 
 
 
 
 

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