The Ruby programming language has gained a fair amount of industry buzz over the last few years, with tech professionals urged to add this to their portfolio if they wish to showcase their abilities to work across a number of different frameworks and strengthen their employment prospects.
Considered to have some benefits over the ubiquitous PHP, Ruby on Rails has been widely used to build agile and scalable web applications, with a number of high-profile companies incorporating it into their strategy.
As of March 2013, more than 200,000 websites are estimated to be running on the Ruby programming language.
Here are some of the popular websites that utilize the Ruby on Rails framework.
Document-sharing website Scribd, founded by Trip Adler, Tikhon Bernstam, and Jared Friedman in 2006, was built using Ruby on Rails. The site is known for its flexibility and has met with a great deal of praise - in 2011 Time Magazine named it one of the ten start-ups that will 'change your life'.
It is now associated with over 150 publishers, including big-hitters such as Random House and the Harvard University Press. Media companies as prestigious as the New York Times also use Sribd to embed source material into their pieces.
Hulu is one of the most popular versions of the many on-demand video streaming services that exist across the web, not least for its easy-to-use interface and collaboration with major industry players such as Disney.
It is only available to US-based consumers, but the model remains an impressive example for any UK programmers working on streaming sites.
The deal of the day-type website has a presence in more than 250 markets across the globe, supplying restaurant vouchers and so forth, although early excitement about its earning potential has given way to some disappoint with the profit margins and business plan involved in the start-up.
However, there have been no complaints about its stylish Ruby-powered interface.