Overview

  • Architecture: IronWorker is an on-demand async task processing software for container-based workloads. Ruby on Rails (or Rails) is a server-side web application framework written in the programming language Ruby. Note: A "worker" on IronWorker Rails is a priority queue system that executes tasks outside of the application framework.  IronWorker is created on the Docker container format. Ruby libraries like delayed_job manage worker queues.
  • Ease of use: IronWorker works with any programming language. Rails only works with the Ruby programming language.
  • Price: IronWorker starts from $24 per month. Rails is an open-source tool, so it is free to use.
  • Reviews: IronWorker has an average rating of 4.6/5 on the review website G2.com. Rails has a lower user score than IronWorker (4.5/5).

Businesses need applications to function correctly for all kinds of reasons. Otherwise, day-to-day workflows will grind to a halt. In a programming context, "workers" allow application tasks to run in the background, separately from the main application thread, and notify users when jobs are complete. This makes workers a valuable tool for all businesses.

IronWorker and Rails both use workers to manage tasks in the background, but these platforms differ in features, capabilities, and price. This review compares IronWorker vs. Ruby/Rails Worker

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Comparing IronWorker vs. Ruby/Rails Worker

Details

IronWorker and Ruby/Rails Worker are two completely different concepts, making them difficult to compare.

  • IronWorker is an async task processing platform that isolates an application's code and dependencies on-demand. IronWorker workers execute tasks separately from the primary application thread (in the background).
  • Workers are a feature of Ruby on Rails that also execute tasks separately from the main application thread.

Capabilities

As mentioned above, workers on IronWorker and Rails performs similar functions. Both tools scale task/job queues and run jobs in the background. That allows users to process various tasks at the same time (asynchronously) without a server.

Serverless task processing brings many benefits to businesses that don't want to manage or set up a complicated server. IronWorker and Rails both score points for this. However, IronWorker comes with additional benefits for users. Firstly, IronWorker also serves as a cron-in-the-cloud service, allowing users to schedule tasks on-demand. (More on this below.) Secondly, IronWorker runs jobs asynchronously much better. This is because Rails drops jobs in a queue when users restart the tool. (Rails keeps jobs in RAM, which disrupts the queuing system on restart.)

Scheduling

As IronWorker is an on-demand platform, users can schedule jobs for any time and frequency. (You can schedule jobs to run several times a day, week, or month. It's up to you.)

Language

Rails only runs in Ruby, while IronWorker is "language-agnostic," meaning you can use it with any programming language.

Popularity

Companies like CNN use IronWorker to execute task processing functions at a time that suits them. GitHub is one of the companies that use Ruby on Rails.

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IronWorker vs. Ruby/Rails Worker: Pricing

IronWorker's Hobby package for small workloads costs $24 per month, its Launch package for growing businesses costs $164.99 per month, and its Pro package costs $1,098.99 per month. (Email IronWorker for more information about its Enterprise package.) You can also benefit from a free 14-day trial.

Rails is an open-source program, so it's free to use.

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Conclusion

IronWorker and workers on Ruby on Rails asynchronously handle tasks. But IronWorker provides more flexibility for users. Although Rails is open-source, it's limited to Ruby, aborts queues when restarting the tool, and lacks on-demand capabilities. IronWorker might be more expensive, but you get what you pay for: Serverless, asynchronous, on-demand, language-agnostic task processing from a company with more than 10 years of experience.

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