Introduction to Ruby

Girl Develop It Boston is offering our first Introduction to ruby! We are partnering the Launch Academy and RailsBridge to extend learning for students new to ruby.

Why Ruby:

Ruby is an incredible language to use when learning to program! It’s easy to get up and running, and learning ruby is the first step to learning Ruby on Rails, a rich and powerful framework used to build web applications.

In this class, you will learn to: 

• Get started with Ruby

• Understand the Ruby development environment

• Learn the basics of ruby

• Learn the basics of object oriented programming

• Learn the basics of Test Driven Development

• Discover how to debug errors

***********UPDATED DUE TO WEATHER****************

Install Fest:  Wednesday, February 12th – 6:30pm-9:00pm

We will be hosting an Install Fest the night before the course to help people get their environment prepared for the class.  There will be good tunes and refreshments. Please ensure you have anything required ready before you show up for the class.

Ruby on Rails Classes:

Wednesday, Feb 19th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, Feb 26th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 5th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, March 12th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Required: 

• Your laptop. You need to have a working wifi connection and a modern browser.

• For the best experience, we recommend you have a Mac or a Linux operating system.

• If you’re on a windows machine, we will be using Vagrant and Virtualbox to set up our development environment. 

• Power cord for your laptop

• A GitHub Account - registering is free!


Prior Knowledge Needed:

Some prior web development experience would be helpful, but not required.


Meet your teacher:

DAN PICKETT Co-Founder of Launch Academy

Dan is Co-Founder and Head of Experience at Launch Academy. Dan has been building web applications with Ruby on Rails since 2004, the year Rails was first publicly released, and is Co-Organizer of the Boston Ruby Group. Dan is an  activist for both the Rails framework and code literacy. He has a demonstrated passion for teaching and mentoring aspiring developers.



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  • Dan P.

    Hey everyone. I hope you enjoyed the class!

    Here are the code examples from last night: Food: https://gist.github.com/dpickett...­

    Greeter: https://gist.github.com/dpickett...­

    TDD "Name Game": https://gist.github.com/dpickett...­

    Please let me know if you have any questions about your next steps! Best of luck and I hope you all keep coding!

    Best,
    Dan

    March 13

  • Annette A.

    End-of-class survey that we'll be asking everyone to fill out tonight. (We won't yell at you if you do it early :)

    http://tinyurl.com/ruby03­

    March 12

  • Dan P.

    Great seeing everyone tonight! Here are some code examples from tonight!

    Foods example: https://gist.github.com/dpickett...­
    Arrays version of the name game: https://gist.github.com/dpickett...­

    February 26

  • William M.

    Are there any books on Ruby or CS in general that the TAs or Dan have found helpful or enjoyed that they would recommend?

    1 · February 20

    • Esa

      the curriculum link is also not working for me

      February 23

    • Dan P.

      hey everyone I apologize for the radio silence! My email alerts from meetup were going to my spam folder. I've fixed the curriculum slides on the site. The book we *heavily* recommend is Chris Pine's Learn to Program. I've audited a ton of material, and it's the best out there as an introduction to object oriented programming and ruby. We're also fans of the well grounded Rubyist as a follow on to Pine's book.

      I'm excited to see everyone again tonight! We'll cover looping and arrays so that we can start to maintain lists in our programs.

      February 26

  • Esa

    Hi Annette, Would it be possible to get an overview of what we're doing each night - if that's known? It'd be helpful (and I'm curious) to see the topics that will be covered at each night's meetup. Thanks!

    February 19

    • Dan P.

      Hi Esa, I'll share an outline tonight walking through the next 4 weeks.

      1 · February 19

    • Brendan B.

      Hello Dan, Is the outline going to be available on the Web? Looks like I'm not going to be able to make it tonight and I want to keep up. Thanks.

      February 19

  • Brendan B.

    Going to be late due to work. Hopefully I can catch up getting there at 7ish.

    February 19

  • Annette A.

    I overheard there was a vegetarian or vegan in the group. Wondering if you were vegan or vegetarian or pesc, etc etc? Thinking up ideas for what kind of food to order tonight. :)

    February 19

  • William M.

    I left my power cord at Launch Academy tonight, can I come by tomorrow afternoon to pick it up?

    February 12

    • Annette A.

      Hey William - I'm not 100% sure if LA is open tonight with the snow. Could you shoot a message directly to Dan? He should be able to help you out.

      February 13

    • Dan P.

      hey William, there should be someone around. Your power cord should be on one of the standup tables in the back of the room.

      February 13

  • Edie S.

    I'm pretty green with some of this stuff and I thought everyone was really helpful! I think its really going to help me with art and technology related programming for the museum!

    2 · February 13

  • Denise

    will we still be having the install night on wednesday, with the 8-10" of snow forecast?

    February 3

    • Annette A.

      More snow? You're kidding me. *checks forecast*

      February 3

    • Annette A.

      We *will* be having install night tonight, however. The snow was nice enough to wait 1 day.

      2 · February 12

  • c

    When will the next round of classes be?

    February 11

    • Annette A.

      We are not sure yet. This is our first time hosting this class and it'll depend on how much interest there is in a new session.

      February 12

  • Edie S.

    Hey There! I may be 15 minutes late tonight! I won't be able to leave Salem until 5 and left my laptop at home!

    1 · February 12

    • Annette A.

      Do what ya gotta do, Edie. See you tonight! :)

      February 12

  • Julie

    Will I be better off putting Linux on my laptop or will vagrant/virtualbox give me the same experience?

    February 10

    • Dan P.

      Linux would definitely be more optimal if you want to dual boot. Either way, you will have a good dev environment. The virtual box set up is just a little more complex

      February 11

  • Elizabeth L.

    In order to make sure everyone can safely attend the Install Fest -

    We are postponing this class to start next week. New Dates:
    Install Fest: Wednesday, February 12th – 6:30pm-9:00pm

    Class 1: Wednesday, Feb 19th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Class 2: Wednesday, Feb 26th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Class 3: Wednesday, Mar 5th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Class 4: Wednesday, March 12th - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

    Please let us know if you have any questions!

    Liz, Annette and Dan

    February 4

  • Esa

    Hello, If we were at the install fest for RailsBridges Boston this past weekend -- do we need to come on Feb. 5? Looking forward to this series!

    January 26

    • Elizabeth L.

      Hi Esa - I would plan on stopping by for the Install Fest to make sure all your bases are covered and also to meet the students, instructors and TA's. We want to make sure everyone is on the same page for the first course so we can dive right in.

      January 31

    • Annette A.

      "If you're on a windows machine, you do not need to come, but we'd recommend you come to meet everyone and hang out. If you're on a Mac or Linux machine, we recommend you come since we won't be working through vagrant and VirtualBox. " - Dan

      February 3

  • Brendan B.

    This may seem like a dumb question but is this only for women? Thanks.

    January 25

    • Diane

      I have heard Annette say that GirlDevlopIt classes are open to men also. The organization's mission is to encourage women to enter the field, but classes are open to anyone.

      1 · January 25

    • Annette A.

      There are no dumb questions! :)
      We're women-inclusive, but not women-only. Meaning, while most of our students are women and we do target women as an organization, guys are total welcome to take a class with us, as well as teach and volunteer with us.

      I hope that helps!

      1 · January 25

  • Denise

    will this be covering different material than the 1.5 day RailsBridge Workshop?

    January 24

    • Annette A.

      Not sure yet. It depends on what RailsBridge will cover this weekend. I've been told that some of their exercises change a little with each run, but we'll know more after Saturday.

      For the GDI class, we'll be going through the following:

      • Get started with Ruby

      • Understand the Ruby development environment

      • Learn the basics of ruby

      • Learn the basics of object oriented programming

      • Learn the basics of Test Driven Development

      • Discover how to debug errors

      1 · January 24

    • Elizabeth L.

      Dan has been a part of Rails Bridge in the past and is familiar with the curriculum. The class was scheduled to give people who participate in the RailsBridge weekend an opportunity to practice what they learned as well as learn new skills. :)

      2 · January 24

  • Sidra

    Considering that Launch's Ruby bootcamp costs $12,500, $90 doesn't seem to be a bad deal for four classes (even though, obviously, it would not be as comprehensive as the camp.) I will see if I can attend.

    1 · January 17

    • Annette A.

      We feel this is a low-commitment way to dip your toes in the water and see if you enjoy Ruby/RoR. If you fall in love with Ruby (and certainly we hope you do), Launch Academy's bootcamp is a great next step for those looking to get really serious with it. :)

      January 17

  • Abigail

    I hope this is a success so that it's offered again - these dates don't work for me, but I'm very interested!

    1 · January 15

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