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Posted on July 21, 2015 by Eva María Gude García

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Eva María Gude García is a social media manager and content director at 2beDigital. 2beDigital is a digital marketing agency based in Santiago de Compostela, Galicia and Barcelona. 2bedigital was formed by a multidisciplinary team whose principles of trust and transparency power their work.

Ruby and PHP are two of them most popular programming languages used for web development. While they have their fair share of similariites, there are also some vital differences that set the two apart.


Created in 1995 by Yukihiro Matsumoto, Ruby is a general programming language that’s also gained recognition for web development, which started in 2005. Ruby has lived off the guiding principle that there’s always more than one way of doing things. The language is renowned for the flexibility and freedom it offers developers, making Rails a powerful development platform.

The drawback on Ruby is that its sophistication can make it a difficult language to learn for beginners. Other notable features of Ruby on Rails are listed here.


PHP was founded the same year as Ruby, 1995, by Rasmus Lerdorf. Unlike Ruby, PHP was specially designed as a web development language, but now is also used for general programming. PHP is noted for its simple implementation, which is its primary advantage over Ruby. Its simplicity has led to its popularity and a huge user community.

However, one of the major flaws behind PHP is that it’s not always object-oriented. This led developers to generate poor quality codes to solve problems. Also, PHP doesn’t have adequate Unicode support.


So, what to chose? Ruby or PHP? It really depends on your priorities, and how each language will fit in with those priorities.

PHP is easier to learn and more widely used, but it’s not as powerful as Ruby. Ruby is a powerful and flexible language with an excellent Rails framework for development, but it’s difficult to learn and requires higher technical understanding, making Ruby on Rails developers hard to find. Although learning Ruby on Rail is more difficult than learning PHP, once it’s mastered, building on Rails is much faster, and much easier to buid on.

At 2beDigital, given the excellent results we’ve had with our customers, we recommend that if you haven’t tried Ruby on Rails, now’s the time to start.

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