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August 22, 2012

Getting Started with Ruby on Rails

He who cuts mere stones must always be envisioning cathedrals

This course will provide all the background you need to help you engineer high quality web applications in Ruby on Rails. I start with the basics of the Ruby programming language, specifically focusing on the features that are exploited in Rails to support productivity and quality. I then lead you progressively through the main features of the Rails Framework; the course has been built from the ground up using Rails 3.2, so fast tracks you straight into the current release version.

I did not want to complicate the technology chapters with too much on process. However, process is important and so I include a chapter that shows you how to put example projects under version control and adopt continuous testing. I will show you how to use RSpec and Cucumber to drive your development by first specifying the behaviour that is required and then incrementally delivering until your tests show that you have satisfied those requirements. I will also show you how to use version control, and deploy your increments into Heroku so that your customer may review them, and introduce you to the IDE RubyMine.

As well as learning about Rails, you will also get a good grounding of standards based development of the client side using Html5, Css3 and JavaScript. And just as a bonus, there is some background material on object modelling to help you think more deeply about the Business model that is at the heart of your application.

Whilst Rails as a Framework gives you many tools to enhance the productivity and fun of building Web Applications, significant added power comes from the Rails ecosystem and the Gems that members of the ecosystem contribute freely. I want to introduce you into that ecosystem, for it is these gemstones that enable us to build cathedrals.

Finally, I should mention that I teach this material at Masters level. So this is very much a living course. I will update the material as new versions of Rails come out. And I will respond to requests of the nature of "why don't you cover this?" by creating additional content where there is a demand (unless I genuinely doubt the relevance or value of what has been requested!).

Table Of Contents

  • Over 49 lectures and 16 hours of content!
  • Basics of Ruby
  • The MVC architecture of Rails
  • How Rails supports the Development of Models
  • How Rails supports the Development of Views
  • Best Practice in the use of HTML5 and CSS3
  • Best Practice in Behavioural Driven Development
  • How to use an extensive range of Ruby Gems to maximise productivity
  • CSS3 Animations
  • Responsive Design


No Of Lectures
No Of Hours
16 hours
  • How long do I have access to the course materials?
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