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High goals low on resources: why startups need Ruby on Rails developers

Starting a business from scratch is no easy task. You have to think about capital, staffing, marketing, and so much more. Unfortunately, that usually means you don’t have a lot of resources to work with. What can you do? One option is to find a good Ruby on Rails developer. How can a framework with limited engineers available to work become your edge in the ever-competitive tech space? How is Ruby on Rails subverting traditional application creation and giving you an advantage?

In my previous post, I wrote about how the framework with its plain architecture and unique approach to delivering modern web applications makes a perfect match for startups. In this post, I would like to share my perspective on why Ruby on Rails developers are a great match for the needs of a startup — their values align perfectly with those of an innovative, fast-growing organization.

Seniority trap

One of the traps that senior developers and system architects can fall into is over-engineering by default. They design systems with more complexity than necessary for their intended purpose at the moment, which can lead to unnecessary costs and delays in development. This often happens with good intentions, to ensure the project’s longevity and endurance, but can put a serious strain on the startup’s limited resources.

It starts with the desire to set the project on a path of undistorted growth across different aspects: the number of users, fellow engineers, and lines of code. To do this, they want to adopt modern industry standards and tools, such as Event-Driven architecture, GraphQL federation, or hexagonal architecture. However, the context of being a start-up is often forgotten — the need to make good compromises and move quickly.

How Rails community is different?

Luckily, many Ruby on Rails developers are aware of this problem and can help you avoid it. The framework itself is an all-batteries-included solution, which means you don’t have to worry about setting up complex infrastructure or building “the foundations” for several months.

The main aim of the framework is to compress the complexity of modern web apps, giving engineers room to focus on the important stuff: business value implementation.

Rails developers are used to the constraints of a start-up and can help you find reasonable tradeoffs between technical debt, speed, and complexity.

Besides that, the Ruby on Rails community is very cohesive and supportive. The majority of developers strive for quality with fewer lines of code and well-architected solutions. They understand the importance of business context and can quickly provide feedback and solutions.

Finally, the Ruby on Rails ecosystem is full of well-known, ready-made, and battle-tested solutions created by experienced engineers. This will save the developer time researching and integrating third-party libraries that are usually plagued with bugs and security risks.

Conclusion

Based on my experience, the likelihood of uncovering a business-value-oriented engineer in this community is high. It’s not to say that everyone within the network holds unicorn qualities, however, there are numerous individuals who prioritize doing more with less — much like a startup would. I’m not implying other environments lack employable people; it’s all about the probability of meeting an ideal candidate for your project!