Write Less Ruby

One of the gurus who taught me programming used to say that the best code is the code that does not exist. If we could solve the problem without writing any code, then we wouldn’t have to optimize it. Right?

Unfortunately, in the real world we still write code to solve our problems. But that doesn’t mean that it has to be Ruby code. Other tools do certain things better. We have seen that Ruby is especially bad in two areas: large dataset processing and complex computations. So let’s see what you can use instead, and how that improves performance.

Offload Work to the Database

The Ruby community tends to view databases only as data storage tools. Rails developers are especially prone to this because they often use ActiveRecord ...

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