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Intro to Ruby - April Session

  • Apr 3, 2014 · 7:00 PM

Ready to start programming? Want to learn one language that you can use to build web apps and iPhone apps, do system administration, and security? Then you're ready to learn Ruby.

Ruby is an open source language that powers applications and products like Hulu, LivingSocial, Groupon, and Github. There is a thriving, friendly community of users, and the job market for developers is strong.

Through this five course series, you'll get a throrough introduction to programming fundamentals with Ruby. We'll use the Interactive RuBy shell; write command line programs that use loops, conditionals, methods, and classes; and learn the basics of object oriented programming. We'll mix lecture and practice, and help guide you through the coursework.

We'll spend part of the first class meeting setting up your development environment, so there's no need to install software ahead of time. Just bring your laptop and be prepared to start coding!

This 5-class course runs for four Thursdays:

Class 0, Installfest & Intro to Command Line: April 3, 7-9 pm
Class 1, Intro to programming in Ruby: April 10, 7-9pm
Class 2, Structured programming (loops and conditions), working with collections data types: April 17, 7-9pm
Class 3, Object Oriented Programming, part I: April 24, 7-9pm
Class 4, Object Oriented Programming, part II: May 1, 7-9pm

At this time, you will need to provide your own laptop - PC or Mac - to participate in the course.


LOCATION:

Filter Digital
[masked]th Ave #600
Seattle, WA 98101

QUESTIONS?

We're here to help! If you have additional questions or would like to talk further before signing up for a class, please contact [masked] or [masked].

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  • Melanie

    Any chance there will be a make-up class for last week's cancellation? I'd love to learn what's next. :-)

    May 5, 2014

    • Melanie D.

      Heather, thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately, I plan to attend Startup Weekend at that time, so I won't be able to participate in the makeup session. However, I look forward to checking out your startup demo as part of 9 Mile Labs! I will check out the slides for the makeup class, though. Melanie.

      May 9, 2014

    • Heather Glenn W.

      Nice! I'm also one of the coaches for Startup Weekend, so I'll see you there. :)

      May 9, 2014

  • Karen N.

    I hate to miss the last class but I'm just not quite brave enough for May Day in Seattle. Thanks to Heather and Cheri for fabulous instruction, and thanks to Heather, Mel and the other TA's for great help. This was a great intro to coding. I loved meeting everyone and I hope to see you all at another GDI event!

    May 1, 2014

    • Heather Glenn W.

      Karen - our last class had a last minute cancelation, so please do consider coming to the make up class next week if you are able to. :)

      May 9, 2014

  • Jennifer

    Missed the start of this class. Definitely will take it if offered again in the future.

    May 7, 2014

  • cheri a.

    Just a note about tonight's class: Today is May Day, and there are a few marches and protests scheduled this evening downtown. Expect travel times to be longer than usual.

    May 1, 2014

  • DMK

    Had a fender bender on the way to last week's class, missed the install...anything I can do prior to tomorrow's session? Thanks!

    April 9, 2014

    • Lindsay

      Interestingly.... that site doesn't work on my computer. There is no scrolling, no live links. I've installed the Rails Installer and am diving into the RoR tutorial on this site http://railsinstaller...­, but I can't access class 0 - or anything - on http://cherimarie.git...­

      April 10, 2014

    • cheri a.

      Weird. There should be links at the bottom of the page for Class0, etc. It works in Chrome, but may have issues in other browsers. Sorry :( The installation guide we used was this: http://docs.railsbrid...­ but if you have Ruby installed, and either Git or the Command Line With Ruby and Rails on Windows, you should be good.

      April 10, 2014

  • Sarah M.

    Is there a way to download the command line tools without relying on the terminal to go out and find them? I keep getting an error on my laptop that the update server is unavailable, but I was able to install everything correctly on my desktop :-(

    April 9, 2014

    • Heather Glenn W.

      Sarah - I've had issues with the update servers before. If you have an Apple Developer account, you can also access them there. I happen to have one of those, so I grabbed the build for Mavericks for you and stuck it on Dropbox. If you have a different version of OS X, let me know, and I will grab the appropriate build for you. https://www.dropbox.co...­

      April 10, 2014

    • Heather Glenn W.

      Let me know if you have any issues accessing that link. :)

      April 10, 2014

  • Lacey J.

    I will miss you all tonight but will study up and see you next week. Hello from NYC!

    1 · April 10, 2014

  • Louise P.

    I'd like to take this, but I have a question about requirements for installing the Ruby environment.

    My laptop is a PowerPC G4, running 10.5.8. Can the Ruby environment be installed on that?

    March 31, 2014

    • Heather Glenn W.

      Sorry we missed you this time! With the demand we have seen, we hope to be offering this class again soon.

      April 3, 2014

    • LuzMaria

      OK. I'll be on the lookout. Thanks!

      April 3, 2014

  • Emilia G.

    5th not %th

    April 3, 2014

  • Emilia G.

    It's on %th Ave downtown between Pine & Pike -- there is a sign outside that says "Filter" and a callbox to get the door opened for you

    April 3, 2014

  • Katie P.

    Running late but can't seem to find the apartment. Can you describe what it looks like or call me at[masked]-5262. Not seeing at 1505.

    April 3, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh man! I can't make this one. Will there be another offered in the future?

    March 29, 2014

    • LuzMaria

      are there going to be any other introductory classes in May?

      April 3, 2014

    • Heather Glenn W.

      Maria, we will do an Intro to Databases class in May. Stay tuned for other another announcement in the works!

      April 3, 2014

  • LuzMaria

    Is this a good course for newbies?

    March 26, 2014

    • cheri a.

      Yep! It's really a "Intro to Programming with Ruby" course, so should be fine for newbs. You may just have to put in a little more time on the homework.

      March 26, 2014

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