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Ruby on Rails is a mature web development framework. It’s been around for 12 years now, which is a long time in the digital world. Here at Intesys, our Rails team was formed six years ago out of a need to respond quickly to complex demands from our customers. We were also trying to streamline our development process, moving away from outdated technologies that no longer were adequate to satisfy the needs of today’s market.

Since then we have developed everything, from simple websites to mobile back-ends, complex custom applications and large, multi-national, web sites with significant traffic volumes. Take a look at our portfolio for some examples. It has been an interesting journey and we have learned a lot.

During this time we have noticed that Ruby on Rails, in Italy, has been noticed and adopted by many other software houses as well. Its status has gone from something of a niche novelty to a serious contender to consider for all types of web development. It still might not be as widespread as in the United States or United Kingdom but it certainly is growing in popularity each year, here in Italy as well as in the world at large.

In order to give you an idea of what can be done with Ruby on Rails and who uses it, we decided to compile a list of 15 well known sites that all use Rails:


Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world.

Global social network built on a Q&A format.


Basecamp organizes your projects, internal communications, and client work in one place so you have a central source of truth.


Bloomberg delivers business and markets news, data, analysis, and video to the world, featuring stories from Businessweek and Bloomberg News.


Millions of developers use GitHub to build personal projects, support their businesses, and work together on open source technologies.


Lets users track and rate books and network with other readers.


Groupon is an American worldwide e-commerce marketplace connecting millions of subscribers with local merchants by offering activities, travel, goods and services in more than 28 countries.


Hulu is an American subscription video on demand service.


Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects.


A digital documents library that allows users to publish, discover and discuss original writings and documents in various languages.


Shopify offers software for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems.


Offers users the ability to upload and share publicly or privately PowerPoint presentations, Word documents and Adobe PDF Portfolios.


Run and Cycling Tracking on the Social Network for Athletes.


Twitch is the world’s leading video platform and community for gamers.

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