We can compare the Ruby language in the programming world to Everest for climbers. This language is pretty tricky for novice developers; therefore, if you have good knowledge of this programming language, it claims about the level of your professionalism as a developer. In our modern world, there are not many Ruby programmers. This is primarily due to the origin of the language itself – it comes from Japan. And despite its age (Ruby was created back in the 1990s), the technical documentation for it is hardly translated into English or German. But the demand for such programmers is growing.
What do Ruby programmers do?
Ruby programmers work very much like their colleagues using other programming languages. Their duties may include:
- Creation of database architecture.
- Development of web applications, games, operating systems, etc.
- Independent software testing, error correction.
- Responsibility for fulfilling project tasks for employees of other departments: designers, testers, etc.
- Technical support for different systems.
What should a Ruby programmer know and be able to do?
Ruby programmers are rarely newcomers to development and IT. The overwhelming majority of such specialists at the time of the transition to Ruby are already confidently fluent in other languages, for example, in Java, C #, or C ++. In addition, they will benefit if they know:
- PHP, SQL, HTML, CSS.
- GIT version control systems.
- Preparation of technical documentation.
Also, confident knowledge of a foreign language is essential for a Ruby developer. A large number of tasks for Ruby development come from foreign companies.
Despite such a wide list of necessary knowledge and skills, Ruby development as an independent specialty is becoming more and more popular. This is partly because mastering a specialty is not as difficult as it might seem. Let’s move on to the pros and cons.
Pros and cons of being a Ruby programmer
Working as a Ruby language specialist has an impressive set of benefits:
- Broad career prospects.
- Competitive salary.
- Demand for the profession.
- Many opportunities to improve personal qualifications.
- The possibility to work remotely.
There are also disadvantages of working as a Ruby programmer, but they are relevant for most IT specialties:
- High loads.
- Large amounts of information and a high level of personal responsibility for the result.
- Sedentary and monotonous work.