Features Of Ruby On Rails Version 6.0 to 6+

Features Of Ruby On Rails Version 6.0 to 6+

04 Oct 2022
Features Of Ruby On Rails Version 6.0 to 6+

Among the top 10 programming languages, Ruby on Rails is one of the general-purpose, object-oriented, and dynamic scripting languages. A beautiful blend of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript files in Ruby benefits in shaping reliable and high-quality web apps. With new functionalities and features, Ruby on Rails has enhanced over the years, indicating a great advancement in the future of web development. As recent Ruby on Rails 6.1.3 is bringing about a number of eagerly anticipated features and changes. So, what are these new highlights? Let's explore the key features of Ruby on Rails 6.1.3 you are likely to be using:


Major Features: A list of things to observe when upgrading to Ruby on Rails 6.1.3:

  1. Multiple database support:

  • Per-database Connection Switching: Rails 6.1.3 provides the ability to switch connections per database. In 6.0 while switching to the reading role, all the database connections are also switched to the reading role. But in the latest update, Rails allows switching connections for a single database by calling connected_to on the identical abstract class.

  • Horizontal Sharding: The latest update grants the ability to functionally partition, eg: multiple partitions, different schemas, and the database. Earlier Rails was not able to support horizontal sharding because models in Active Record could only hold one connection per role per class. This has now been fixed in the latest update and horizontal sharding with Rails is now available.


  1. Webpack as a default bundler

Webpack includes entry points which are the files that it scans for first when it begins compiling the JavaScript code. Webpacker gem creates the application pack in the form of an application.js file under app/javascript/packs. When running the rails server, the compilation happens during the request.

  • Live reloading using webpack-dev-server: Webpacker creates a file bin/webpack-dev-server which can be utilized for live reloading in the development phase. You are required to run the webpack-dev-server separately and then live reloading and hot module replacement can be seen in action.

  • Production mode: In production mode, webpacker appends webpacker:compile task to the assets:precompile task. As webpack package is part of package.json, yarn will take care of installing it to compile the JavaScript code.


  1. Zeitwerk:

In zeitwerk mode, Rails utilizes Zeitwerk internally to reload, autoload, and eager load. Rails instantiate and configure a dedicated Zeitwerk case that manages the project. The autoloading zeitwerk mode is enabled by default in Rails 6.1.3 applications.


  1. Action Mailbox:

Action Mailbox enables you to route the incoming emails to controller-like mailboxes. The inbound emails can be routed asynchronously to one or various dedicated mailboxes, which can interact directly with the rest of your domain model.


  1. Action Text

Action Text adds rich text content and editing to Ruby on Rails. It involves the Trix editor that handles everything starting from formatting to links, quotes, lists, embedded images, and galleries. This rich text content generated by the Trix editor is saved in its own RichText model that is associated with the existing Active Record model. Any embedded images or attachments can be automatically stored using Active Storage.


  1. Parallel Testing:

Parallel Testing helps to parallelize the test suite. Forking processes are the default method and threading is supported as well. Running tests in parallel reduces the run time required for the entire test suite to run.


  1. Action Cable Testing:

Action Cable testing tools help to test the Action Cable functionality at any level like- connections, broadcasts, and channels.


  1. Action Cable:

No changes have been made in the Action Cable functionality in the recent update.


The key features added to Ruby on Rails 6.1.3 offer outlines of how they can make your applications better, thereby saving your valuable development time. If you are thinking of updating to the new Ruby on Rails 6.1.3, it is better to be aware of the changes this new update provides. Now experience a better functionality and improved framework on Ruby on Rails with Cryptex Technologies.


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