Journey to learn Ruby on Rails in 4 weeks!
Why Ruby on Rails?
I’ve decided that now is the perfect time to expose myself to a new language, as things shouldn’t be too busy for me over the next 4 weeks. This month I am challenging myself to get more familiar with Ruby and Ruby on Rails. Rails is a powerful web framework. Some popular websites that use Rails are Twitter, Shopify, GitHub,Hulu, Urban Dictionary, Scribd, Shopify and Ask.fm.
Last month, I went to a 2-day RailsBridge NYC workshop which was my first introduction to Ruby. The first day consisted of an Installfest that was a couple of hours long and the next day was spent learning about Ruby and creating a voting Rails app, Suggestotron view my repo | view RailsBridge tutorial. I really enjoyed playing around with Rails and seeing the relationship between Ruby, HTML, CSS and the database. I know that Rails cannot be mastered in a month but I would like to get my feet as wet as possible, so that I continue learning into next semester and beyond. By this time next month, I would like to be comfortable enough to use Rails for prototypes and full-fledged projects.
My personal schedule to get familiar with Ruby:
You can follow my progress with this challenge at CodeNewbie Discourse or on GitHub and even join in. I hope to be sharing repos in the next couple of weeks 🙂 Each week I will be going through learning resources for Ruby and/or actually building.
- Week 1: Get Acquainted with Ruby + Set Up (12/21-27)
- Re-Install Ruby Environment (My computer crashed 2x since my first installation at RailsBridge)
- Week 2: Start Building (12/28-1/3)
- TreeHouse Rails Development Track
- Learn Ruby the Hard Way
- create a to-do list
- Week 3: Learn Ruby the Hard Way and Re-visit Rails Bridge (1/4 – 1/10)
- Week 4: Finish/Catch Up! (1/11-1/17)
- create messaging board
- dream up a new app and beautify it with CSS.
Practice (or iteration) makes perfection.
Jennifer Dewalt increased her web development skills by building 180 websites in 180 days. Check out her websites here.
Jeremy Monroe, a designer taught himself rails in 12 weeks by building 12 different web apps. Check out his story and video tutorials here: How I finally learned to build stuff with Rails (Medium).
Join in or follow along!
Do you have some free time over the next month? If so, I encourage you to create your own version of the 4 week challenge and post updates here. You can follow my progress on GitHub. Here’s a post I wrote after Week Two of learning Ruby on Rails.