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How to Hire the Best Ruby on Rails Developers

When hiring Ruby on Rails developers, recruiters and hiring managers must make an effort to know more about Ruby on Rails as well as the level of expertise they should look for to make a good hiring decision. In this comprehensive article, we will discuss some of the most essential information and answer critical questions to help you find the right Ruby on Rails developer.

 

First, let’s break down Ruby on Rails to two parts: Ruby, and Rails.

 

Ruby is a programming language while Rails (Ruby on Rails) is a framework that extends Ruby.

 

Ruby was created back in 1995; currently, it is among the top 10 programming languages. It is a dynamic, object-oriented, general-purpose scripting language which can be used to build high-quality applications.

 

In 2005, David Heinemeier Hansson (DHH) created Ruby on Rails, a powerful library over the Ruby programming language. DHH took Ruby’s foundations and made a framework that is open-source, multi-purpose, extensible, and expandable. This became a breakthrough in web development, and Ruby on Rails became the most widely used framework in the Ruby language. Using this framework, developers can efficiently write code and minimise the time consumed in app production.  

 

Rails is a server-side framework following the MVC pattern that places focus on the use of well-known software engineering patterns and paradigms. It is primarily used to build web apps and to code both the front-end and back-end of applications.

 

Ruby on Rails is famous for and preferred by many businesses and developers because of the speed and agility that they offer, which easily translates into high productivity and growth of the business. Some popular brands and names using Rails are Twitter, Shopify, Basecamp, and Wakeupsales.

Why should you hire a Ruby on Rails developer?

Ruby on Rails is a powerful web development tool, but you will not be able to get the most of this technology without a skilled Ruby on Rails developer in your team.

What advantages do you get when you hire Ruby on Rails developers?

Faster development

Compared to other popular web frameworks, web development time with Ruby on Rails can be significantly reduced by 25-50%. This is made possible with Ruby’s object orientation, the modular design, extensive open-sourced code developed by the Rails community, as well as the multitude of ready-to-use plugin solutions.

 

A skilled Ruby on Rails developer will be able to leverage these features to build your MVP fast. They also know how to access various ready-made plugins and modules from third-party libraries to add the features that you want—whether it be dashboards, user authentication, and other components.

 

One of the many advantages of hiring a Ruby on Rails developer is that you can quickly check the feasibility of your product, fix any errors, and effectively mitigate risks.

 

Easy maintenance and updates

With Ruby on Rails, modifying the existing code and updating an application are made easy. Ruby is, in essence, an easy-to-read language; add to that Rails’ conventions, and team members can quickly pick up on everything.

 

Choosing Ruby on Rails for your web development project is a smart route to take because the framework helps both old and new developers refactor code long after it was developed and deployed. The cost of having new developers into a project as well as the learning curve is a crucial factor, especially for startups; this is one of the issues you will be able to avoid with Ruby on Rails as your framework and with highly-skilled Ruby on Rails developers in your team.

 

Build quality products

Aside from saving you time and costs during the production, having Ruby on Rails developers to build your web app helps you minimise risks. Developers proficient in working with Ruby on Rails can make use of the framework’s high-quality libraries to create applications that follow the principles of good development.

 

Moreover, a Ruby on Rails developer can also help you make your web apps and websites visually-appealing.

 

Build any product for any purpose

You know by now that Ruby is a general-purpose language, and that Ruby on Rails is a full stack framework. And while their combination is primarily used in web development, their use has diversified over time.

 

Hiring a Ruby on Rails developer can help you build products for various purposes, such as advertising, back-end for mobile applications, content management systems, e-commerce, social networks, etc.

What technical skills should you look for when hiring Ruby on Rails developers?

There are various technical skills that are valuable in Ruby on Rails development. Let’s go through them per category:

 

In terms of proficiency with Ruby

  • Syntax  - The basic elements of the language (e.g. loops, classes, conditional statements, modules, etc.)
  • OOP programming  -  OOP concepts in Ruby like (e.g. classes, objects, inheritance vs composition, blocks vs procs vs lambdas, including vs extending a module)

 

In terms of proficiency with Ruby on Rails

  • Knowledge of the MVC paradigm 
  • Knowledge of ERB or Haml  - templating/view systems
  • Knowledge of ActiveRecord - a Ruby library for working with Relational SQL Databases like MySQL and Postgres  
  • Knowledge of and experience in unit testing (e.g. unit testing using RSpec)
  • Knowledge of and experience with API plus JSON 
  • Knowledge of the Basics of REST and HTTP protocol 

 

In terms of front-end skills

 

In terms of working with databases

  • Knowledge of and experience with SQL 
  • Knowledge of or experience in working with database engines (e.g. PostgreSQL or MySQL)
  • Sound understanding of the concept of NoSQL databases  (although not as popular as SQL bases, you will still find NoSQL in many existing projects)

 

In terms of other essential tools

  • Experience in using Git -  essential tool for code management
  • Experience in Deployment  - particularly, knowledge of or experience in Heroku, Capistrano, Docker, CI.

What are the best practices in Ruby on Rails development?

Aside from possessing essential technical skills, the best Ruby on Rails developers also know and put into practice Ruby on Rails best practices. Let’s discuss some of them below:  

 

Two Space Indentation

Using 2-space indentation instead of 4-space indentation is one of the most widely adapted and agreed upon style guidelines in the Ruby community. Take a look at this sample code with 4-space indentation:

def some_method
   some_var = true
   if some_var
       do_something
   else
       do_something_else
   end
end

Following the 2-space indentation makes the code much cleaner and readable. This is how it will be written:

def some_method
 some_var = true
 if some_var
   do_something
 else
   do_something_else
 end
End

Use unless instead of !if:

When you have an if statement with a negative condition like the following:

if !true
 do_this
end

or

if name != "sarmad"
 do_that
end

It will be a good practice to make use of Ruby’s exclusive unless to make the code more readable. Our examples above will now be written like this:

unless true
 do_this
end

or 

unless name == "sarmad"
 do_that
end

Never use unless-else

From the previous point, if you have to involve an else to your conditional, use if; do not use unless-else.

Wrong

unless user.save
 #throw error
else
 #return success
end

Correct

if user.save
 #return success
else
 #throw error
end

Smart Use of Enums

Consider this situation: we have a model named ‘Book’, as well as a column or field in which we want to keep its status (draft, completed, or published). This might lead us to write code similar to this:

if book.status == "draft"
 do_something
elsif book.status == "completed"
 do_something
elsif book.status == "published"
 do_something
end

or

if book.status == 0 #draft
 do_something
elsif book.status == 1 #completed
 do_something
elsif book.status == 2 #published
 do_something
end

In such a situation, it is a best practice to use enums. It can be done by first defining enums in your model, like this:  

enum status: { draft: 0, completed: 1, published: 2 }

Now, we can rewrite the code like this:

if book.draft?
 do_something
elsif book.completed?
 do_something
elsif book.published?
 do_something
end

This not only looks better and easier to read, it also gives you methods to switch between defined statuses.

  • book.draft!
  • book.completed!
  • book.published!

What is the usual rate of Ruby on Rails developers?

To give you an idea, here is a quick table summarising the average annual salary and hourly rates of Ruby on Rails developers from four different countries: the UK, the US, Canada, and Australia. All figures are gathered from Payscale and Neuvoo.

 

  Ruby on Rails Developer Average Annual Salary Ruby on Rails Average Hourly Rate
United Kingdom GBP 38,503 GBP 20.05
United States USD 130,000 USD 66.67
Canada CAD 72,347 CAD 22.89
Australia AUD 85,814 AUD 44.69


Although hiring locally is the common way to go when looking for developers, companies of various sizes are finding ways to speed up the recruitment process and reduce costs on recruitment and operations without sacrificing the quality of tech talents.

 

With this, outsourcing has been the smart alternative that companies are choosing to find the IT professionals they need.

 

As the UK’s leading outsourcing service provider, Cloud Employee understands the need for startups and companies to find alternative and cost-effective hiring solutions to grow their business. On top of our client-oriented services, we offer competitive industry rates for skilled offshore Ruby on Rails developers.

 

For more information on offshore software developer rates from different outsourcing regions, check out this helpful blog.

How can Cloud Employee help you?

Cloud Employee is the UK’s leading offshore provider bridging the gap between global startups and top-notch developers from the Philippines. We’re a UK-managed IT outsourcing company helping you hire offshore Ruby on Rails developers risk-free.

 

Simply send us your requirements such as years of experience, skill sets and so on. Our recruitment team scouts for available Ruby on Rails developers, then give you CVs of the shortlisted candidates. From there, you select the candidates who will do an interview and technical testing. Our system ensures you will be involved in the important process of selecting the right Ruby developer for your team.

 

Once onboard, your offshore Ruby on Rails developer works exclusively for you in your business hours, reporting directly to you and working under your standards. Your offshore Ruby on Rails developer becomes an effective extension of your in-house team.

 

As your reliable partner, we provide your offshore Ruby on Rails developer with a designated workspace, up-to-date hardware and software, fast internet connection, and full IT support. Cloud Employee also handles back-office tasks such as HR, payroll, licensing, and other back-office tasks so you can focus on managing and growing your business.

 

Your offshore Ruby on Rails developer can help you with a variety of web projects. With Cloud Employee, you can hire offshore Ruby on Rails developers with a broad range of skill sets including Sinatra, RubyGems, eRuby, Rails API, JavaScript, jQuery, CoffeeScript, YAML, HAML, AJAX.

What is the dedicated developer model?

Here at Cloud Employee, we employ the Dedicated Developer Model to better accommodate our clients’ IT staffing needs. With this model, we provide startups and businesses with the tech talents, equipment, and resources specifically tailored according to their project’s requirements.

 

The outsourced Ruby on Rails developer you hire with us works exclusively for you and your project and mirrors your working hours. They also follow the systems and processes you have and they use only the tools you use, allowing them to be seamlessly integrated into your in-house team. This kind of setup helps you avoid miscommunication and miscoordination with your offshore Ruby on Rails development team.

 

Our dedicated developer model is preferred by startups and companies from all over the world because of the hiring flexibility and scalability that it provides. With this model, your outsourced development team grows with your business; we help you scale your team quickly and easily, at any time your business needs it.

 

Advantages

  • Can accommodate long-term projects with indefinite specifications and a constantly changing scope, as well as short-term projects with a predictable budget and defined requirements
  • You actively participate and oversee the whole process, from the recruitment, the interviews, and up to the management of your offshore team.
  • You personally monitor product quality and hold assessments and evaluations
  • You gain a dedicated Ruby on Rails developer/development team who work exclusively for you and are focused on your objectives, goals, standards, and expectations
  • You gain hiring flexibility and scalability, even in the middle of the development process
  • You reduce recruitment and overhead costs

 

With an offshore Ruby on Rails developer who mirrors your work hours, you gain an effective extension of your in-house team. Compared to other traditional outsourcing setups, our hiring model here at Cloud Employee makes task coordination and information relay faster and more efficient. We have simplified the hiring and recruitment process, ultimately providing you with a hassle-free and cost-efficient outsourcing experience.

WHY HIRE OFFSHORE RUBY ON RAILS DEVELOPERS WITH CLOUD EMPLOYEE

 

Beyond Value

AVG Cost

UK Developer

£40 per hour

AVG Cost

Cloud Employee Developer

£14 per hour

Clients save on average £60,000 per annum

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