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Is Ruby on Rails popular to learn for 2020?

You may wonder if it's worth learning Ruby on Rails in 2020. In this post we'll seek to answer that.

The language popularity (Ruby) itself is declining, but it's not going to die soon because of legacy code.

For the next 2-5 years, I think it's a good investment of your time to learn it. Of course, no language stays popular forever (see Cobol, Fortran, Pascal)

All aboard the Ruby on Rails

When learning Ruby, you want to learn the Rails framework. The Rails framework is designed for building websites and applications. It's similar to Django (Python) or Zend Framework (PHP).

If you are on Linux, you may want to update your Ruby version, because the version is often not up-to-date.

    $ ruby -v
    ruby 2.5.0

So yes, it's worth learning for now (Ruby tutorial). On top of that you'll likely master other skills (SQL databases, Javascript) which will for sure stick around for a long time.

What about JavaScript?

Some say the future is JavaScript, apps are moving into the web and there's server side JavaScript these days. Things like NodeJS, React, Vue.js and friends are things you see often these days.

Eitherway, the conceptual skills remain the same and Ruby is here to stay with us for a while. Ruby is a great language to get started in the world of programming.

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