Ruby on Rails vs Django. What to Choose?

Oct 04, 2021

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Ruby on Rails vs Django, what are the key differences between these tools. We asked the experts how to choose the right development tool, for which projects is Ruby on Rails best suited, for which ones should Django be chosen?

Cindy Corpis, CEO

The main distinction is that although Django is written in Python, Rails is written in Ruby. Python is one of the most popular programming languages, with a focus on code clarity and readability, whereas Ruby is known for its features such as flexibility and freedom, as well as its simple syntax.

Django is the way to go if you want to construct complex database-driven websites and web apps in less time while also being efficient in system management, scientific programming, data analytics, and manipulation. Rails, on the other hand, aids in the development of database-backed web projects by giving programmers more usability and freedom.

Five Good things about Django:

  • Enhances the development of custom web applications.
  • Compatible with major operating systems and databases.
  • Designed as a battery-free web framework.
  • It has strong security features.
  • Extendable and scalable

Five good things about Ruby on Rails:

  • Efficiency in terms of time
  • A plethora of useful tools and libraries
  • Large Community
  • Flexibility
  • Code Quality

Michael Frederick, IT Expert

The consideration of Django vs. Ruby on Rails is an interesting one. For me, the argument largely comes down to the underlying programming languages. Django is built in Python. Python is used largely outside of the Django community and is the main tool for popular trends such as Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and academia.

If these items are crucial to the success of your product, Django might be the best fit. Ruby, on the other hand, is a programming language built for developers. Not only is it fast to learn and write code in, but the Ruby on Rails community is the most aligned community I have seen in the programming world.

This means that Rails developers that jump from one codebase to another are likely to already be familiar not only with all of the patterns of Ruby on Rails but also with the tools within the codebase. So, ramp-up time is typically very low, and finding new talent has fewer concerns. With Python, expect a bit less uniformity, especially in newly trending areas of programming.

Katherine Brown, CEO and VP of marketing a tech company 

Rails use a language known as Ruby, known for being enjoyable to write. Django uses Python, an object-oriented, general-purpose programming language, it’s a language that is easy to learn and fast to write. Ruby’s syntax is somewhat flexible but it is quite difficult to read. Python syntax is far easier to debug and read. With fewer idiosyncrasies and more standardization, a new developer can understand the previously written code quite easily.

Django’s REST framework is an exceptional tool for building APIs while for API’s development Ruby’s flexibility let it down. With excellent features around migrations and easy deployment Ruby undoubtedly has a matchless framework. Developers save a lot of build-up time using Django with bootstrap-based CSS / Nginx / uWSGI / Travis-CI configurations while starting with web application projects.

Ruby on Rails is Faster to spin up new projects, less code needed to make things happen, easy migrations, deployments are easier and time-efficient as tedious work is less it provides small, elegant, and powerful code.

The good thing about Django includes REST framework (one of the best tools for building APIs), tighter syntax, libraries for data science & machine learning, security & user authentication tools.

Eric McGee, Senior Network Engineer

Django is a framework built using Python programming language, while Ruby on Rails is a Ruby programming language framework.

The major advantages of Django include that it is a mature, open-source software with an extensive library of powerful plugins, both free and paid, that are accessible to everyone. Finding solutions to Django-related problems is also quite simple as there is extensive documentation on troubleshooting as well as several online forums where developers can seek solutions. Furthermore, Django’s highly flexible admin panel allows one to quickly develop prototypes and MVPs because of the ability to reuse code across multiple projects.

Third, Django has the REST (Representational State Transfer) framework, which allows you to quickly build APIs. It is also highly compatible with numerous databases and operating systems. Lastly, this framework is highly scalable.

Five good things about Ruby on Rails include that it has a massive and active community where developers can source for help and inspiration. With this framework, you will also get high-speed development for your applications as well as access to one of the most superior testing environments currently available. The code on this framework is easy to modify as well as transfer, and developers have access to a wide range of presets and tools.

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EdenCheng, IT Expert

There is no question that both Django and Ruby on Rails are excellent web development frameworks. After all, they can both deliver modularized, clean code and are also able to significantly reduce the time spent on common web development activities.

However, there are still innate differences between the two, and more often than not, making the right decision between frameworks often comes down to first taking the time to create a list of the things you absolutely need to have in a framework, then choosing the one that best fits your needs.

For instance, when it comes to RoR, it is easy to modify and migrate, it offers a superior testing environment, it comes with an active RoR community, provides high-speed development, and also allows you to work with a diverse number of tools and presets. On the other hand, Django is highly scalable, highly customizable, features an effective admin panel, highly compatible with databases and operating systems, and also supports MVC programming.

As such, when determining which one to go for, I would advise going for Django, because given its popularity, there is also a good chance that your team also has experience using Python, which should make usability easier for them.

As for RoR, it should only be used if you have an experienced team, as it requires a higher skill level to develop with, which can make things even more challenging if you happen to be on a tight deadline. In fact, as a general rule, you should always end up choosing the framework for which you already know the language, as it will provide you with a lot of knowledge into the workings of the tool itself.

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Lynda Farley, IT Expert

In my opinion, ruby on rails vs. Django is a difficult question. Both have their pros and cons, but it largely depends on your preference. I know that I find the ruby on rails framework to be more challenging to learn than Django if you are looking for a website framework for your project.

If you are building a simple blog or magazine website, I recommend you go with the Django framework. This is because Django’s database layer is much cleaner than ruby on rails if you make heavy use of database storage in your web apps.

Django takes care of this for you in specific ways, while ruby on rails requires you to take care of it yourself. This not only saves time but also makes the code base more readable and understandable.

There are five significant advantages of Ruby on Rails:

#1: The ability to build applications very quickly and easily. This is because it does away with the code required to support traditional web programming, which involves a lot of time.

#2: It uses less memory when used with a database. This helps reduce the size of your applications, thus, giving you more space to use with your site’s data.

#3: It is easy to learn, making it very easy for beginners to pick up.

#4: There is a greater variety of frameworks available for ruby on rails than Django, which has a few built-in frameworks that default can use. This gives a superb choice in choosing a framework that suits your needs.

#5: It allows you to use the database in object-oriented programming without much coding effort. You can do this by using the active record pattern, thanks to which you’ll find your development process much more manageable.

There are five advantages of Django:

#1: It uses object-oriented programming rather than procedural programming.

#2: It is easy to learn.

#3: There is extended functionality built-in, which allows you to create projects that can easily handle complex data, both developed and historical data. This makes it useful for both the developer and the end-user.

#4: It takes security more effectively than other frameworks, thanks to its ORM layer. It also provides you with the option to extend this layer if you need to.

#5: Thanks to its compatibility options, it is easier to use with existing applications built in other languages. This allows developers to easily incorporate Django into their web development plans without learning the framework first.

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