Hi, guys, in this article we’re going to compare Node.js versus Ruby on Rails for web development. The main reason I wrote this article is that our team is constantly being asked which language or which framework is best to learn. Anyway, we never give a simple answer because they aren’t the clear-cut answer. So I think the next best thing is to look at all the facts and statistics. We’re going to take a look at some of the advantages and some of the disadvantages of both Node.js and Ruby on Rails for server-side technologies. Before we begin, I’d like to make a couple of points. So we can already hear the critics saying how are you going to compare Node.js that is a runtime to Ruby on Rails that is a framework? I get the argument, but what I’m going to compare is the two server-side technologies and web stacks. Now let’s get clear on what’s better to learn right now and what’s better to implement for a business. I’m not saying to compare straight up features of Ruby on Rails to Node.js if it makes you feel better to replace Node.js with something like Express or some other Node based frameworks. Anyway, we compare backend structures and stacks, not the individual technology. Our team has worked with both technologies and some of us like both technologies. I’m not promoting one over the other. It’s also important to understand what works for us may not work for you and vice versa. Also, you should remember that everyone’s brain is different. There is no cookie cutter answer for this question.
Let’s go ahead and get started with looking at some of the similarities between both technologies.
Popular Server-Side Technologies.
Fairly easy to learn.
Used by top websites/applications.
Similar MVC based structure.