Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Is it Ruby on Rails or Java for You?

Rails vs Java
So you have a web development project in mind to be developed from scratch. For sure, it is a complex web application that has got to be rich in feature, scalable and maintainable. Among these core requirements, it’s difficult for teams to choose a programming language or a web framework that is objectively the best to suit the given requirements.

There are hosts of technologies and programming languages available. Of these enterprises have widely embraced open source object-oriented programming languages like Java, Python, Ruby etc. for their web development requirements. Considering the coding advantages and structure of language, the most preferable languages that come to my mind are Ruby on Rails and Java since the other language i.e. Python is loosely structured which makes the development process longer.

Now the question here arises whether to choose Ruby on Rails or Java technology for your web application development requirements.

Let us take a closer look at both these technologies from the following perspectives to make an objective decision-

Find out the bests of Java & Ruby

Tools, Libraries and APIs:
Since Java has been around for a long time, there are several tools, APIs and libraries available which makes its infrastructure more powerful than Ruby. Having this kind of infrastructure is more essential when a company matures and customers demanding high quality services and features expands. Since Ruby is younger than Java, it lacks the support of such tools, libraries and APIs. This makes Ruby stand lower compared to Java.

Learning Curve:
As Java comes with various combinations of libraries and technologies to be applied while coding, developers have to spend more time in learning different architecture and sorting out the details. On the contrary, Ruby helps you get started quickly due to its simple development architecture which is easy to learn and apply. Hence the vote goes to Ruby for the advantage on learning curve.

Manageability of Codes:
With Java, managing codes and defining classes is easy owing to its statically typed programming language. In Java, especially with Eclipse, you can search defined methods and classes which are better than calling something hypothetical as in Ruby where handling codes and naming classes is difficult due to its dynamic language type. With dynamic typing, it’s confusing and difficult to assume what you are typing and changing since there are no warnings from the Static compiler. This ends up spending more time in Ruby and difficulty in managing codes.

Testability & Robustness:
Although both the languages have good support for regression testing, Ruby is slightly ahead of Java as it relies strongly on automated tests which ensure things do not break easily if there are changes at the other end of the application.

Scalability and Stability:
In terms of scalability and stability, Java beats Ruby due to the scalable architecture of all the frameworks of Java. In the event of outages and unfavorable environments or with a large number of users and database, Java frameworks are more secure and dependable than Ruby. Even corporates prefer Java over Ruby for their critical applications which means Java outweighs Ruby on scalability and stability grounds.

Percentage Hiring:
A survey conducted two years ago in cooperation with the SHARE user group, IBM and Northern Illinois University on 376 employers revealed that Java is the most sought after language by enterprises for hiring. Java accounted for 56% while Ruby constituted only 5%.

Considering the above perspectives, you may find that Java is better if you want the backend of your application to be more scalable and manageable while Ruby can be a choice if you want to get it done quickly. For those who cannot decide, here is an example of the social media giant – Twitter. 

Find out what and how it did.

See what Twitter did

Twitter is one of popular and highly used micro-blogging and social networking services started in 2006.
Twitter & Java

Twitter in its early years was running on Ruby on Rails. With over-usage by people across the world, there was a time when Twitter became vulnerable as the number of tweets and queries increased which created load on the back-end server. Moreover, the search latencies also increased which reduced the request handling making it unavailable for users.

Hence in 2010, the engineers at Twitter realized that Ruby was not enough capable of juggling with the tweets of millions of people across the world.

The team found that Java frameworks because of higher scalability and maintainability were well-suited to develop web-services that can stand the large traffic. The engineers started rewriting the Twitter search engines and moved it from MySQL to Lucene. They also replaced the frond-end Ruby with Blender – a Java Server to improve the search latencies and sustain the traffic.

Twitter engineers also installed JVM (Java Virtual machines) across all their servers and created an independent web service which communicates with each other constantly but also looks after various part of their web application. Like there will be an independent web service that will look after Twitter homepage and another that will handle tweets from mobile.

As a result of these changes, Twitter started running 3x faster without any problems.

Mazen Rawashdeh - Twitter's VP of Infrastructure Operations Engineering then said “The bottom line: No matter when, where or how people use Twitter, we need to remain accessible 24/7, around the world.” "We’re hard at work delivering on that vision."

This is how Twitter moved from ROR to Java and managed to be on top even after so many crisis.

Java surely rules it

From the above example, it’s evident that Java is better than Ruby on several grounds. It is not only a programming language for developing application but also a virtual machine that can run codes built in myriad languages. Even big operations like Google, LinkedIn, Tumblr, and Square, have adopted Java because of its ease of use and ability to handle multiple operations through the JVM.

Owing to its lightweight and fast-to-deploy architecture, Java is gaining recognition. As published in a post on, Wired Enterprise’s Editor Cade Metz observed that "Like Twitter, many other companies have realized that Java is particularly well suited to building web services that can stand up to the massive amounts of traffic streaming across the modern internet,"

However, it is still portrayed as an insecure framework but after Oracle acquired Sun – the original producer of Java, it has become more stable and secure programming language.

So now what do you think? Is it ROR or Java for your web development project? Do let us know in commens section. 

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

7 Must Have Modules in an Ideal Property Management System

The real estate industry is getting more ‘n’ more complicated with each passing day. It requires a lot of paperwork, which consumes a vast area of storage. As the industry grows more paperwork will start to increase the number of files needed to manage it. To overcome such issue, it has become imperative for the people associated with the real estate to invest in web-based software or property management portals that has the ability to store a huge data while helping them streamline entire property management related activities on the go.

A good property management won’t cost you, but it will help you make more money on behalf of your real estate business. No matter who you’re, whether you’re a property owner, fee manager or developer, you can leverage from a whole host of benefits from the effective property management portal or real estate management system. It lets the real estate owners manage their day-to-day tasks, enable tracking of multiple accounts, minimize security risks, save costs and offer a lot more benefits on the go.
Property Management System

However, when it comes to choose the real estate or property management system or application, many people forget to consider a few very important modules or features. Are you looking for an ideal property management portal or a system? Ensure you consider all the important software modules discussed below in this article:

1. Does it offer Lot management module?

Lot module helps the real estate agent or property dealer to define categorize buildings in terms of lots and numbers. Such modules would enable developers with ease of segregation and grouping of the properties. It becomes very handy when you’ve multiple properties to deal with.

2. Unit management matters a lot!
Units serves a critical role in the property management portal. It is very important for the developer or a property dealer define units appropriately and fill up the details accurately. An ideal property management portal should offer efficient unit management, which will help property dealers or developers to define units and fill up the details, such as unit number, type, entitlement, lot number, building number, floor area, car parking and so on.

3. What about owner management?
It is one of the most important feature that every real estate management system should provide to the user. An ideal property management portal or system should easily display the information about current owner, their email address, unit owned by the specific owner, position, property related documents and other details related to the owner.

4. Should provide effective tenant management
If someone has assigned his/her property to the tenants, it becomes crucial for the real estate agents or even for the property dealers to keep the up to date details about it. An ideal property management portal or system should provide ample details about the existing as well as past tenants. Moreover, it should provide details related to the lease, such as start date, expiration date, related contracts and more.

5. Efficient service charge management is crucial
While dealing with the properties, dealers or developers should be aware about the service charge that is going to be taken from the users as well as manage them smoothly. It involves a service charge defined for the specific property for the financial year selected and create invoices respectively. It should clearly state whether the service charge conducted is normal, special or includes any other charges along with other details.

6. Well-managed discount and penalty details
The real estate management system should also offer efficient and well-managed discount and penalty details, which includes specific discounts and penalty for non-payment and prepayment of funds in consort with the ability to provide due date and grace period. It will greatly simplify the way property dealers manage such critical details.

7. Contract and agreement is crucial!
While dealing with the properties, it is important to keep track record of the contractors who have assigned services to be provided from their end. An ideal system should offer a means of managing such crucial details. A system should offer developers or dealers to define different types of contractors who are assigned special tasks to be accomplished to the property and their agreement with the property.

Apart from all these, one should also consider other features and modules like the ease of collaborating documents online, customizable analytics and reports that will help you take better decisions, instant access to the key properties, budget and forecasting, lease tracking, repair and maintenance, expense management and more.

Here’s an example of an ideal property management system developed for a Dubai-based real estate operator. This system was developed in Java technology using Grails framework. Check out how it helps in managing property related issues 

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