CRAFTING A RUBY ON RAILSCOURSE FOR DEVELOPERS NYC.RB / MARCH 2012DANIEL DOUBROVKINE ( A K A DB .)#NYCRB @DBLOCKDOTORG
HOW DID YOU LEARNRUBY-ON-RAILS?                                                    read blogs              read a book    ...
A GOOD CLASS HAS NOMORE THAN 15 METHODS   Nursery             Algebra 1 @ UniGE   10 Kids               300 Students      ...
CAP                 Availability and Frequency                       8 Weeks                    Twice a Week              ...
I STILL REMEMBERMY 1ST GRADE TEACHER  Learns Well as a Group   Needs Special Attention                  Instructor        ...
COOL KIDSSIT IN THE BACK
PRIOR EXPERIENCEREQUIRED• Daily Practice  Fluent With an Editor and Shell• Basics of CS  Algorithms & Structures• Some Web...
WHAT DO I WANT OUT OF IT?•   RoR Experience w/ Instructor    Build an Application From Scratch•   Demonstrable Project    ...
DO WE REALLY NEED A NEWCURRICULUM?• I Learned with a Tutorial  Copy and Paste  Hit a Wall  Ask Google• I Learned with the ...
BUILDING RAILSBOTTOM UP1.   Git Developer Workflow     topic branches2.   Ruby Basics     hashes and maps3.   Rack        ...
BUILDING A SYSTEMIN RAILS1.   ActiveRecord     postgresql                      Fabricator2.   Rendering in Rails          ...
FINAL PROJECT @ 4 WEEKS     Ruby-on-Rails Stashboard Clone
FINAL PROJECT DEMOSJames Lin jameslin101@gmail.com  https://github.com/jameslin101/stashboard  http://linsanity-stashboard...
LOTS OF ROOM FORIMPROVEMENT• Preparing for Next Lecture  Give Reading Material & Prerequisites• Follow Coding During Lectu...
OPEN-SOURCE   EVERYTHING   https://github.com/generalassembly/ga-ruby-on-rails-for-devstext RFD to 83432 | follow @ga and ...
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Crafting a Ruby-on-Rails Course for Developers

  1. 1. CRAFTING A RUBY ON RAILSCOURSE FOR DEVELOPERS NYC.RB / MARCH 2012DANIEL DOUBROVKINE ( A K A DB .)#NYCRB @DBLOCKDOTORG
  2. 2. HOW DID YOU LEARNRUBY-ON-RAILS? read blogs read a book went to college How do you classroom in a teach? listened to a podcast paired on the job followed a tutorial hacked with friends joined a community took an online course
  3. 3. A GOOD CLASS HAS NOMORE THAN 15 METHODS Nursery Algebra 1 @ UniGE 10 Kids 300 Students 15
  4. 4. CAP Availability and Frequency 8 Weeks Twice a Week 6-8pm + Office Hours Content Depth Push and Pull
  5. 5. I STILL REMEMBERMY 1ST GRADE TEACHER Learns Well as a Group Needs Special Attention Instructor Teaching Assistant Class Producer Pivots + Guests
  6. 6. COOL KIDSSIT IN THE BACK
  7. 7. PRIOR EXPERIENCEREQUIRED• Daily Practice Fluent With an Editor and Shell• Basics of CS Algorithms & Structures• Some Web Programming HTTP Fundamentals
  8. 8. WHAT DO I WANT OUT OF IT?• RoR Experience w/ Instructor Build an Application From Scratch• Demonstrable Project Show Prospective Employers• Meet People, Make Connections First Step Into NYC Community• Career Development Prepare The Next Transition
  9. 9. DO WE REALLY NEED A NEWCURRICULUM?• I Learned with a Tutorial Copy and Paste Hit a Wall Ask Google• I Learned with the Help of My Team Pickup a Task Hit a Wall Ask Colleague What if I had a dedicated mentor?
  10. 10. BUILDING RAILSBOTTOM UP1. Git Developer Workflow topic branches2. Ruby Basics hashes and maps3. Rack Pivotal Tracker static pages4. Rails MVC assemble a rails application5. RSpec tests first, then BDD6. Ruby Meta Programming lambda and method_missing Lecture to Homework to Practice
  11. 11. BUILDING A SYSTEMIN RAILS1. ActiveRecord postgresql Fabricator2. Rendering in Rails Devise haml, erb, sass Twitter Bootstrap3. Authentication Shoulda home grown, clearance, devise Capybara4. RESTful APIs controllers, sinatra-style DatabaseCleaner FFaker5. NoSQL mongodb6. Caching rails
  12. 12. FINAL PROJECT @ 4 WEEKS Ruby-on-Rails Stashboard Clone
  13. 13. FINAL PROJECT DEMOSJames Lin jameslin101@gmail.com https://github.com/jameslin101/stashboard http://linsanity-stashboard.herokuapp.comDaniel Harcsztark dan@fetchly.com https://github.com/MedText/stashfu http://stashfu.comShaan Batra sb1752@gmail.comJoshua Laroff jlaroff@gmail.comPeter To pt9386@gmail.com https://github.com/generalassembly/boardroom http://evening-robot-1631.herokuapp.com+ a few other Stashboard clones
  14. 14. LOTS OF ROOM FORIMPROVEMENT• Preparing for Next Lecture Give Reading Material & Prerequisites• Follow Coding During Lecture Less Fierce Typing• Explicit Learning Objectives Better Documented Assignments• Clear Roadmap How The Curriculum Fits Together• More On Practices Around Rails Thinking Deliberately About The Development Process
  15. 15. OPEN-SOURCE EVERYTHING https://github.com/generalassembly/ga-ruby-on-rails-for-devstext RFD to 83432 | follow @ga and @dblockdotorg

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