Which Frontend Frameworks Work Best with Ruby on Rails?

Which Frontend Frameworks Work Best with Ruby on Rails?

With more than 100,000 websites built on Ruby on Rails(RoR) it has emerged as one of the most popular development frameworks. On a parallel note with mobile now a linchpin of a enterprise technology environment it is it is important for corporations to evaluate various options while extending there Ruby On Rails application for mobile. In today’s increasingly fast-paced world, it is critical that the website or app load time is minimized; especially with slow websites being penalized by Google and responsiveness of a website directly impacting user experience. Even 0.5 second delay in loading of a website or to be known as an app that has too many push notifications will impact the user experience. Developers are also users at the end of the day and display the same behavior when it comes to their area of expertise-web or mobile app development.

There is no doubt as to the web technology to be used when it comes to web or mobile app development. The fact that JavaScript is used by almost 95% of websites is testimony to its popularity. JavaScript is the reason for websites boasting about their dynamic and sleek page and web design. However, with its increased popularity and the plethora of tools available, it has also become more important to choose which tool within this framework would be ideal for a Ruby On Rails application, as this decision affects timelines, feasibility and scope for scaling your project. When we talk about the back-end, Ruby on Rails has proven its worth when it comes to building web applications.

Let us look at some of the frameworks that would be most compatible with a Ruby on Rails app:

  • AngularJS: AngularJS’s popularity is definitely not questionable. 
    It is one of the go-to applications when you are looking to create a relatively smaller application in a short span of time. 
    Some of the hallmarks of AngularJs is its simplicity in coding and coding speed. One of the biggest advantages of using AngularJs is its process of ‘data binding’ which essentially allows for the accounting of more than variable, which reduces the need for a developer to intervene in the binding process.Another important aspect of AngularJs is its application prototyping. In significantly lesser time, it is possible to write lesser code and flush out application prototypes, which facilitates the process of user-testing in initial development stages.
  • EmberJSP:One of the major differences in design approaches adopted by AngularJs and Ember is that Ember chooses to adhere to an existing standard, which aligns it better with a Rails framework, both following a similar ideology. Another advantage of using Ember is its relatively safer approach when it comes to developing code. This framework guides developers to adopt best coding practices from around the world which reduces the risk of hurdles such as ‘dirty checking’.In comparison to AngularJs, Ember is a more ideal option when you are looking to scale your projects, expanding its feasibility. 
  • ReactNative:ReactNative works on a simple philosophy-ReactiveUI. Reactive UI is essentially a cross-platform model-view-viewmodel framework designed for all. Another significant aspect of this is its composable model, which is defined by the process of writing different UI components and composing them with each other. This is hugely beneficial for those who want to employ re-usable code and engage in cross-platform modelling at the same time.Another reason why React.JS has gained popularity over the years, is its ease of code maintainability. Less time on code maintainability means more time spent on creating apps of greater business value. Essentially React does to your front-end what Rails does with your backend, which makes it an almost perfect combination.When you are looking at your interface as movable components, you are more likely to build an app with a more agile approach which you would see in a web application, however it would have the functionality, consistency and the look of a mobile application.ReactNative is changing perceptions amongst developers, when it comes to app development. For a long time, hybrid app development has been synonymous with inefficiency and slower time for deployment. With ReactNative bringing in the web-style approach to its app development, a developer is benefitting from the speed and performance of web application development, in the hybrid space.

Which is the better of the three?

There isn’t a clear understanding of which framework would work better, they benefit from inherently different design approaches. However, each of them function on the premise of creating an enhanced user experience. If you are looking at simpler coding, AngularJs might be the first pick and Ember might be your best bet if you are looking to create larger projects, with less decision making on your part, as Ember takes the load off of researching and trial-and-error approaches. Reactjs is the lightest weight in comparison to Angular and Ember, It does one thing perfectly and that is rendering UI components.

In conclusion

There are pros and cons to each of the frameworks mentioned and gaining a thorough understanding of each would be crucial. Benefitting from open-sourced frameworks does have its advantages but also carries a certain amount of risk, measuring the amount of risk while choosing a framework would be the right approach to adopt.

Gopiraju M

Gopiraju M (Masters in CSE) is a full-stack developer at Navtech. He has experience of building over 100+ apps allows him to rapidly architect and design solutions. His ability to explain complex technologies in simple. He has a lot of passion for writing clean code and having a clean deployment/release process. Also, his practical ways have resulted in him becoming a popular speaker at colleges, universities, and conferences.