When it comes to today’s rapidly-changing tech environment – getting more done is the mantra and Ruby in Rails offers you exactly the same! With Ruby on Rails framework, you can achieve more with less. As Ruby on Rails favors convention over configuration, codes can be re-used, edits can be made and experimentation becomes a piece of cake.
To those not in the know, Ruby on Rails (RoR) is an open source development platform, written in the Ruby language. It is designed in such a way that it makes programming web applications easy, actually not just easy but a breeze. With RoR, you don’t have to write pages and pages of codes. Think of all the things you could accomplish through Ruby on Rails? It couldn’t get easier, right? Yes, it can! Yep, you can eat the cake and have it too with the assortment of tools which expands the utility of Ruby on Rails.
Here are some of the best tools to expand the utility of Ruby on Rails.
Web Console is a debugging tool for Ruby on Rails applications. It allows you to create an interactive Ruby session in your browser. It helps the programmer by launching those session automatically to quickly inspect and trace codes which are causing conflicts. Those sessions can also be launched manually in any page using a command line interface.
Action Mailer and Active Job
Action Mailer allows user to send emails from application using mailer classes and views. Mailers work similarly to controllers. It enables programmers to add the “#deliver_later” tag which will add an email id as a job in the queue. Active Job is an adaptive layer that compliments queuing systems including Resque, Delayed Job, Sidekiq and it allows programmers to write jobs directly to the queuing systems which will run them.
Adequate Record is a set of performance improvements in Active Records added to Ruby 4.2, it makes the execution time 2x faster. Adequate Record works by caching common SQL queries as prepared statements, and it reuses them on similar calls by skipping most of the query generation work on subsequent calls. It separates static and dynamic data, and static data is sent directly to the cache process. Active Record takes the advantage of this feature on supported operations without any user involvement or code changes.
Foreign Key Support
In RoR, now you can add or remove foreign keys. A foreign key links one table with another table’s primary key. To remove foreign keys quickly, it just requires keys to be dumped into the theschema.rd . As of now, only the MySQL, MySQL2 and PostgreSQL adapters support foreign keys.
The latest version of ROR offers a HTML Sanitizer which is built upon Loofah. Loofah uses Nokogiri for parsing, which provides Ruby interface to “C” or “Java parser” depending upon the Ruby implementation which you’re using. Loofah is really very fast, it’s up to 60% to 100% faster than HTML scanner on larger documents and fragments. This makes the tool more secure and HTML sanitization process more flexible.
These tools will effectively make the platform better and user friendly. Share your views in the comments section below to let us know your thoughts on these tools.
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