The most popular Ruby links of 2017

We’ve dug through the data from this year’s issues of Ruby Weekly to bring you a roundup of the most popular links we’ve shared in 2017.

With over 40,000 subscribers Ruby Weekly pulls together the best articles, tutorials and news on all things Ruby and Rails. The links below highlight what Ruby developers were clicking on in 2017.

State of the 2017 Rails Stack

Derek Haynes | Shared in January’s Issue 331

Readers of Ruby Weekly started the year wondering how the Ruby landscape stood. Scout’s annual data analysis aimed to try and shed some light on the lay of the land.

This review from January 2017 looks over collected data to form a picture of general usage trends.

What makes Rails a framework worth learning in 2017?

DHH | Featured in January’s Issue 333

The creator of Ruby on Rails, David Heinemeier Hansson, shares his thoughts to this Quora question.

“The same reasons why it was a framework worth learning in 2004. The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

How I Reduced my DB Server Load by 80%

Richard Schneeman | Shared in July’s Issue 358

How one line, hidden in a common ActiveRecord validation, caused large spikes in database response time and what to do about it.

Rails 5.1: Loving JavaScript, System Tests, Encrypted Secrets, & more

DHH | Shared in April’s Issue 346

The final release of Rails 5.1 arrived in April. The release saw an embrace of JavaScript, a new system tests feature, encrypted secrets, and more.

Is Ruby Too Slow For Web-Scale?

Nate Berkopec| Shared in July’s Issue 357

A detailed look at the fallacy of benchmarks and what matters when it comes to creating web apps.

Five Ruby Methods You Should Be Using

Ben Lewis | Shared in August’s Issue 363

Includes Object#tap, Array#bsearch, and Enumerable#flat_map. Are you using them?

Enough With the Service Objects Already

Avdi Grimm | Shared in November’s Issue 373

A critique of the common advice to encapsulate business domain actions in “Service Objects”.

Ruby 2.5 Preview 1 Released

Yui Naruse | Shared in October’s Issue 370

The first official preview release of Ruby 2.5 arrived in October.

10 New Features in Ruby 2.5

Junichi Ito (伊藤淳一)| Featured in October’s Issue 372

This run-through of new 2.5 features was very popular with Ruby Weekly readers.

Need a reminder of some of the key points? Bundler is now bundled with the standard library, backtraces are experimentally shown in reverse order, and more.

I’m David Heinemeier Hansson, Basecamp CTO, & This Is How I Work

Nick Douglas | Shared in November’s Issue 375

Lifehacker interviewed Rails creator ‘DHH’ about his work habits. Although not very Ruby specific, this profile proved popular with Ruby Weekly readers.

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