10 Best Tools For Ruby On Rails Development: Keep Your Code Beautiful

Ruby has become increasingly popular over the last few years. Throughout our tenure in RoR web development services, we have experienced unprecedented traction. The last few years compelled us to hire Ruby on Rails developers in greater number in order to cater to the increasing demand.

Now, we understand that it is of great importance to keep one’s code clean and tidy. Aid is just but a click away. We have dozens of tools available online today that one could use for any query.

Here are 10 tools for Ruby on Rails development code neat and beautiful:


Bullet
Bullet gem helps killing all the N+1 queries, as well as unuseful loaded relations. Right after installation, once you start visiting various routes during the development, alert boxes containing warnings that indicate database queries for optimization will pop out. It works straight out of the box and comes in very handy helpful for optimizing your application.

Deadweight
Used for cleaning unused CSS selectors, once you provide a set of your application's style sheets and HTML pages, Deadweight will report which CSS selectors are safe to remove.

Deadweight does not work out of the box in Rails, since most pages have dynamic content. However, you can create a Rack Middleware and integrate it into the test suite for collecting all the HTML content at one place.
When working along with precompilers like Sass or Less, compile all the style sheets and put them as simple CSS files to the deadweight task. Remove all the vendor/third-party css files, for e.g. Bootstrap files, since they will end up clogging your output.

Guard
Automate multiple tasks by formulating custom rules whenever files or directories are modified. You can easily avoid mundane, repetitive actions and commands such as “relaunching” tools once you change source files.

IDE replacement, web development tools, designing “smart” and “responsive” build systems/workflows, automating various project tasks and installing/monitoring various system services are some of the most common use case.

Rubocop

Rubocop is a static code analyzer allowing you to analyze if the code you wrote complies with Ruby community code guidelines. Rubocop accounts for any style violations arising through the command line, that also includes code refactoring tidbits like useless variable assignment, redundant use of Object#to_s in interpolation, and unused method argument.

Pry

A great alternative to the standard IRB shell for Ruby, Pry, features syntax highlighting, runtime invocation, flexible plugin architecture, along with source and documentation browsing.

Pry is not just an IRB replacement; it also a brings REPL driven programming to Ruby language.

Pry is flexible and concludes a great user customization that makes it a better choice in order to implement custom shells.

Sycamore

Take Sycamore tree as a looping nested set. The elements of this set are called nodes. These nodes are further associated with a child tree, which in turn has more additional nodes and so on and so forth. Sycamore provides an unordered tree data structure for Ruby. It keeps on growing automatically once the need arises. It also has a familiar hash interface. Every object here is a tree it itself. Assume it as a self implicit root.

Traceroute

A simple route cleaning tool for your Rails application. By providing a simple rake task, it checks whether the routes are mapped to non existing controller actions, and in turn finds out which controller actions are unreachable.

It is recommended that you keep the controller helper methods and various before-after filters private. You would not want them to be a part of the public API. It faces problems with false positives on mountable engines, but it can be easily ignored.

Conclusion

RoR web development services over the years has helped us gain experience about which tools have are really important for your programming environment. When you hire Ruby on Rails developers, do you ask them if they like their code clean or complicated?

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