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As a client, selecting the right framework and web technologies for the development of your project, web application or website is more than important. In all likeliness, you will come across Ruby on Rails and Node.JS – both often being pitted against one another for obvious pros and cons. So, Ruby on Rails vs Node.js. Which to Choose for a Startup? Below, we have discussed all aspects of both Ruby on Rails and Node.JS, so that you can take a call.

Ruby on Rails: Pros and cons

Many startups are now considering Ruby on Rails for a number of benefits. First and foremost, this framework allows rapid development, and therefore, you can reduce the development time by 30% or more. Secondly, there are no compromises on the code quality, so making changes in the future is not hard at all. The large community of Ruby on Rails is extremely active and Ruby Gems and other resources are available freely on public platforms, which helps developers. It is also a cost-effective solution that works for all businesses. On the flip side, the runtime speed is a matter of concern, and with multithreading, there are additional concerns with regards to performance. The boot speed is low, which is worth considering.

Pros and cons of Node.JS

Node.JS is also an open source platform, and it is built on JavaScript runtime. Node.JS has many benefits of its own. Firstly, it has a full package, right from the basic HTTP server to further templating engine. The frontend and backend (also otherwise known as the client side and server side respectively) has the same language, and therefore, it is easy to deploy. Page loading is also faster, and the demand for Node.JS is only increasing. The underlying libraries are equally powerful. However, in terms of cons, Node.JS is not an ideal solution for intensive processor tasks and has an unstable API, according to many developers. Codes may have the JavaScript’s problem, which is again something work considering. The need for Asynchronous Programming Model is one of the other concerns that developers often have.

Whether you want to go for Ruby on Rails or Node.JS is a personal choice, but talk to the concerned developer before taking a call, and do consider the pros and cons in detail, keeping specific needs in mind. Also, get an estimate in advance, so as to understand the cost of development further.

Marie Sofsian

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