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Top 10 errors from 1000+ Ruby on Rails projects (and how to avoid them)

Written By Phil Nash April 18th, 2018

To give back to our community of developers, we looked at our database of thousands of projects and found the top 10 errors in Ruby on Rails projects. We’re going to show you what causes them and how to prevent them from happening. If you avoid these "gotchas," it'll make you a better developer.

Because data is king, we collected, analyzed, and ranked the top 10 Ruby errors from Ruby on Rails applications. Rollbar collects all the errors for each project and summarizes how many times each one occurred. We do this by grouping errors according to fingerprinting. Basically, we group two errors if the second one is just a repeat of the first. This gives users a nice overview instead of an overwhelmingly big dump like you’d see in a log file.

We focused on the errors most likely to affect you and your users. To do this, we ranked errors by the number of projects experiencing them across different companies. We intentionally looked at the number of projects so that high-volume customers wouldn't overwhelm the data set with errors that are not relevant to most readers.

Here are the top 10 Rails errors:

Screenshot of Rails Error Statistics

You’ve probably noticed some familiar faces in there already. Let’s dig in and take a look at the errors in a bit more detail to see what might cause them in your production application.

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Ruby Exception Handling - Primer for Dealing with Errors in Ruby

Written By Rivkah Standig December 19th, 2016

Ruby is a popular open source programming language that is highly flexible, and used for everything from basic "hello world" apps to sophisticated, dynamic programs. Whether you've been programming in Ruby for years or you're a complete beginner, tracking down errors in your Ruby app is simple and easy. Let's go through some basic Ruby error handling, and discover how easy it can be to integrate Rollbar into your Ruby app to automatically log and report your exceptions.

Raise and Rescue Exceptions

Ruby's default exception handling is to terminate the program in the event of an exception. That's not really useful when you're trying to build a complex web application for multiple users. Luckily there's a way around this - declaring exception handlers. Exception handlers are blocks of code that are called if an exception occurs in the execution of another block of code in your program. For the most basic Ruby exception handling, you need to know how to Raise and Rescue an exception.

When you Raise an exception, you stop the normal flow of the program, and execute the code that deals with handling an error. This code can either deal with the error in some way, or terminate the program. If you provide a Rescue clause in your error handler, you can choose how to deal with the exception; without it, the program will simply terminate.

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