Calling all people studying Ruby and Ruby on Rails or Web Development. We meet up each week to study together and further our knowledge of web development, using the Ruby on Rails web framework. We are currently working on a project, The Parallel Project, focused on the fundamentals of building WebApps, to strengthen our abilities in a professional environment.
See description of The Parallel Project below...
We meet WEEKLY, 6:30-9:00 pm.
Everyone is welcome but women and awesome people are especially encouraged to attend.
Please be kind, considerate and respectful. We are here to study together, and encourage a learning environment conducive to all learning types, experience levels, and ages.
If you are brand new to Ruby on Rails, don't feel intimidated, everyone has to start somewhere. We will help you get up to speed if you are willing to put in the time. There are a lot of great tutorials to get you up and rolling even if you've never programmed before. Our current project assumes some MVC / Rails background, but we have successfully brought people up to speed to join the group.
A Path to Learning Go to http://rubilicious.github.io/ A lot of thought was put into setting up a path to learning Ruby and Rails as laid out in the Phases links. There are a lot of great resources on this site. Feel free to fork and contribute to it. It is a Middleman blog on GitHub.
Our Meetup consists of 3 associated Meetup Groups:
Rails Learners (our primary group): Working on The Parallel Project, meets weekly.
Rails Learners Lab: A bi-weekly “lab” to complement Rails Learner. • Come when you are stuck on your weekly assignment
The Concept: Build our first WebApp as a team -- working individually, all in parallel.
As a group, we will design a WebApp which we each individually build on our local machines. Each week we will decide on an incremental step, have the week to build it on our own, share our progress, and come together to discuss how we accomplished our task. This way, we each have the hands-on experience of building each piece of a WebApp. We can ask questions of others who are building the same thing, learn from each others' methods, and discuss how we accomplished our goals.
We are assuming some basic knowledge of Ruby on Rails, MVC frameworks, and basic WebApp concepts. That being said, this project is still suited for relative beginners, and is designed specifically to teach us all how to build our own first WebApp, so that we can learn from one another as we learn how to build on our own. This will allow us to be better equipped to solve problems, both in a work environment or prototype projects in the future.
This project is designed to teach us the skills we need to succeed on our own -- whether being responsible for a work project or to develop production grade WebApps on our own.