"Is Rails better for full-stack development?" is a question I see a lot.
The person asking is typically a full-stack JS developer that is overwhelmed by the sea of frameworks to choose from.
In this post we will see what sets Rails apart from full-stack JS to decide if Rails is better.
Full-Stack JS vs Rails
Let's compare the philosophies of Rails and full-stack JS.
In full-stack JS you pick the frontend library, backend framework, CSS libs, and ORM yourself. This tends to overwhelm beginning web devs.
Rails's goal is to set you up with a stable foundation of tools to building production-ready full-stack apps. This will probably sound like music to the ears of full-stack JS beginners.
Is Rails Better for Full-Stack Apps?
"Better" is a dirty word when discussing subjective matters. Let's instead focus on the circumstances in which Rails outshines Full-Stack JS.
Rails is better than full-stack JS if you...
- want a Swiss army knife for building full-stack web apps quickly
- want a full-stack framework that feels knowable and well-defined
- don't mind writing frontends in HTML/CSS
- are tired of Framework FOMO
- are interested in learning Ruby
Rails is worth learning if at least 3 of these points resonate.
If you are overwhelmed by full-stack JS, Rails will be a breath of fresh air. Rails helps you ship quickly by choosing many things for you out of the box.
If you are looking to invest in a comprehensive framework that helps you ship faster, Rails is a great choice. I highly recommend you check it out.