Ruby is one of the most popular programming languages in the world—in part because it’s consistently rated as one of the easiest languages to learn for new programmers. A large part of Ruby’s appeal is that it is built to make programming enjoyable for the programmer: It’s elegant, economical, and incredibly well-supported. But it’s also extremely powerful and versatile, which has helped it to stand out in the realm of web development. Ruby is the language of choice for many businesses on the web, from small startups to giants like Hulu and Airbnb. In terms of career prospects, Ruby is a good bet. Developers are earning, on average, over 70K per year in the US, and well over six figures in the coveted senior dev roles at the top end of the pay scale. But what, exactly, does a Ruby developer do? And what do you have to know to become one—or to go beyond entry level roles and make it all the way to senior developer? That’s what we’ll tell you in this article.
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