7 Things You Look in a Great Ruby on Rails Developer

July 22, 2014
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Contributor: Mehreen Chowdhury, Marketing Executive, Nascenia

People are getting attached with the technology in a way that they don’t want to do a single little thing by their own. In this digital world, all we want our work to be done by the technology. Things like Google glass, Smartphones, Smart watches make our life so easy than ever before. Some people are consistently giving their effort to make this things happened. They are continually thinking about the solutions. Maybe they are passing through many sleepless nights to help in bringing your innovative ideas into life on Web, Mobile or the Cloud!

Yes, I am talking about none other than the web and mobile developers. Without a great developer, you cannot build a great website or mobile app. Each developers should have some quality who can bring your idea into life without wasting your money and time.

Let’s talk about Ruby on Rails Developer. Will you consider yourself a great ruby on rails developer? Indeed you can if you have these 7 best qualities.

1. Passionate Programmer

The most important attribute for a ruby developer is to be a passionate programmer. One should love programming. Without having passion, you can be a programmer, but not a good programmer.  A good ruby developer will enjoy the whole process of creation. Best developer only expects the best output from his work without depending on QA (Quality Assurance).

2. Quick Learner

The developer must be a quick learner. This practice will help him/her to learn about the solution fast and get rid of any problem. However, learning outside the work would be a great practice to be an efficient ruby developer. Also, learning from the previous mistakes and using new ideas for improvement of the present situation is a great attribute a rails applications developer should have. In a sense, he needs to integrate a pragmatic approach to his daily development workflow.

3. Curious about Technology

When you are looking for the best ruby on rails developer, you should ensure that he has curiosity on technology. It helps one to develop himself with the harmony of the continuously changing technological world. Therefore, he can compete with the world and will always try hard to bring something new & useful thing for people.

4. Strategic Thinker

The best ruby on rails developer can think analytically and strategically. He/she always tries to think outside of the box and come up with something different. Best developers always have multiple solutions for a single problem at hand. To be the best, one must try to think beyond the obvious things and offer the world something new which will add value to one’s life forever.

5. Self-directed

Independent ruby developer will push himself to bring out the best output without depending on others. He will always try to write clear and well-documented code. He will think himself responsible not only for creating bug-free code but also for delivering the best value to users.

6. Excellent Communicator

While working with a team, a developer has to communicate very well with others. Otherwise, the quality of a product will be hampered. Also, it will delay the delivery time of work. Basically, it depends on the whole team. Communication with the client is also necessary as well as with the team. One should understand the requirements to bring the idea to life. Miscommunication and misinterpretation of work can get you lost from the real project. The best developer who is also a good communicator will make sure that everyone has a clear overall view of the project. This is very important to be a great ruby developer.

7. Follow Best Practices

A great ruby on rails developer should follow best practices like SCRUM, test-driven development, continuous integration, refactoring etc. He should have experience of building and deploying a couple of projects on rails. He/she must know about the advantages and disadvantages of using the technology.

Additionally, if you are trying to be a great developer, don’t stick with a single programming language. It is better to have knowledge of different languages too.

If you are a beginner, you can try these popular books to learn Ruby on Rails.

5 Comments. Leave new

Your article title is misleading, what you said are the required qualities of a good Developer (irrespective of the technology). If I am recruiting people and you have these following qualities I don’t care if you better in python, ruby, java – I will hire you. As people with such qualities should find it easy to pick up any language.

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Mehreen Chowdhury
June 15, 2015 4:12 pm

Sorry Harisankar, if you think this way. Most of my team members are Ruby on Rails developers. So I wrote the article keeping them in mind. I saw the good qualities they already have, identified some improvements and wrote this article 🙂

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Been thinking about hiring a ruby developer, but needed some direction on where and what to look for. Just like most other things, it is a good idea to follow best practices, like you said. There are certainly limitations to technology, even if people don’t always want to admit it, and someone knowing those limitations is a good skill to have. Thanks for the tips!

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Mehreen Chowdhury
June 15, 2015 3:53 pm

Thanks Douglas.

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And what advice do you have for finding a good Rails freelancer?

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