Ruby on Rails InstallFest

  • October 15, 2013 · 6:30 PM

Do you want to learn how to program and develop web applications for Ruby on Rails and have no idea where to start? Or, are you a company that has staff that need to get up to speed on Ruby on Rails? Sponsored by reInteractive and Envato you are invited to attend the Ruby on Rails InstallFest!

What is it about?

This will be your opportunity to get your laptop or computer working with a full Ruby on Rails development environment, all setup and working. Most importantly, it's a FREE service!

We get your laptop up and running on Rails. This can take a bit of work. You are welcome to bring your Windows, Mac or Linux PC, our team can help get you running on any of these.

Once you have installed Rails, we get you building your own blog powered by Ruby on Rails, by the end of the night, you should have this up and running, online and published on the Internet :)

Then, we'll get your published blog personalised, with Javascript, CSS and headers and footers.  All the while learning more about Rails.

Free Stuff!

Not only do you get time with Ruby on Rails professionals, you also get vouchers to various training tools and sites... worth real money :)

Wait, what do I bring?

The only requirement is you bring your computer along with whatever power charger you need, and also, please, make sure your computer works :)

OK, I need one more incentive. How about free food?

We'll organise pizza and drinks for you to munch on while you are getting your system up and running. Power boards will be provided, everything else is up to you.

I'm a professional Rails Developer can I help mentor? 
Yes, we are always looking for experts to come along and help :) Just send us an email to let us know you'd like to come along.

What have Sydneysiders said about the InstallFest?

“The InstallFest was a great way to get up and rolling with Ruby on Rails. Never having coded in it before, I was happily surprised to have my own blog coded and online on the first day. The instructors and and written guides, made the whole process effortless.” - Bravo Child

“Wonderful initiative for the RoR Community to get the word out...have been looking for this help for ages.” - Julian Blok

“I just got home and finished the first two lessons, thank you very much, was awesome, really interesting. I hope to keep learning and join the Development Hub.” - Agustín Gambina

“Great, easy experience. Great to have experts on hand when you get stuck, meet others, good food and vibe. Thanks!” - Kevin Truong

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  • Chris D.

    I updated to OS X Mavericks this week, and caused some issues when I was trying to update my gems (via Bundle). I found the following article pretty helpful in getting up and running again, there doesn't seem to be a lot of info out there around Ruby & Mavericks so thought I'd share - http://railsapps.github.io/installrubyonrails-mac.html.

    1 · October 26, 2013

  • Maritza

    Hello All
    Firstly, thank you very much to all who organized this event. It was absolutely fantastic, and the mentors were very friendly as well.
    Secondly, working in my blog I realized that every time I deploy my app to Heroku, I have the following message and I'm wondering what it means?
    "DEPRECATION WARNING" You have rails 2.3-styles plugins in vendor/plugins! Support for this plugins will be remove in Rails 4.0 ...
    I appreciate any comments
    Cheers

    October 17, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      If you go to the folder for your app in the terminal you can type `heroku logs --tail`. Then reload the page and it will print some messages.

      October 18, 2013

    • Daniel H.

      It's likely that the problem is you need to run `heroku run rake db:migrate`, but if it's something else then `heroku logs --tail` should help you find out what the problem is.

      October 18, 2013

  • Craig L.

    Thanks to the Mentors for being there, I had a few great conversations and picked up some tips.

    As a programmer I was hoping for a presentation on why Rails vs other environments. I could of followed the blog entries at home to be honest. I am sure a complete novice would of gained something from that format. Would be great to have a presentation on why Ruby, and concepts and converting from language x (eg. PHP, .Net, Java etc)
    Can you lead me to a Youtube on this? I am keen to see the Why? and the Db Management side of Rails.... the automated side is a little unusual, if I was to build a huge app in this, or a web service, how does it compare in transaction times etc...

    October 16, 2013

    • Pat A.

      As for why Ruby - certainly subjective - but part of why I use it is I find it elegant and concise, but equally, the community around the language has a ton of passionate people, many of whom are keen to follow best practices (good OO design, TDD/BDD). I'm not really helpful on what's involved in coming from other languages - it's been about eight years since I started working with Ruby full-time (previously, C#/.NET). If you want to ask questions about what particular things you find unusual, I'm happy to take a stab at answering them.

      October 16, 2013

    • Craig L.

      Hi Pat, Thanks for replying and offering to take a stab... to be honest, I don't really have more time to dedicate to this, I was just interested in a general overview to make me think about it at my leisure, with a look to build something in Rails one day... but I really would have to understand it inside out by doing something I guess before converting. I will keep you in mind if I ever decide to build something in rb instead of the usual things I use now. I do get the impression of doing things from the ground up in rails is the best approach, not adding to something so to speak...

      October 17, 2013

  • Chloe

    Hi all, looking forward to seeing you at tonight's InstallFest :) As you can see, there is s still quite a waiting list. So, if for some reason you are unable to attend, please update your RSVP so that those waiting can get a spot! See you tonight!

    October 15, 2013

    • Pat A.

      Thanks Chloe for all your hard work organising the event - I think those of us who were mentoring had it pretty easy ;)

      1 · October 16, 2013

  • Kiri

    It was awesome

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Leif E.

    Mentoring this group was great, lots of really smart, motivated people who needed only a gentle hand to guide them. Really great to see so many trying new stuff beyond the course material.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Rachana A.

    I was excited to see how it goes and was happy that it went smoothly. The guide was easy to understand and follow. Thanks to all the mentors for helping.

    1 · October 16, 2013

  • Rhiana H.

    Really well run, everything went well. Went from not having anything installed to having something live and online. Also got to see some of the speed of using Ruby

    October 16, 2013

    • Chloe

      Awesome work Rhiana! Thanks for coming along :)

      1 · October 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm new to Melbourne and i'd like to meet the IT guys from here. Thank you.

    October 15, 2013

  • rupam

    Thanks Chloe even I was on waiting list till morning ,Now I can join meetup today.
    See you in evening

    October 15, 2013

  • Colin O.

    Damn phone. Sorry. Is the mentor to student ratio ok? Happy for a student to take my spot if the meetup could do with more students.

    October 15, 2013

    • Chloe

      Hey Colin, I think we are at capacity for participants. We've increased the numbers to squeeze as many people as we can in.

      October 15, 2013

  • Keidrych A.

    Ex AI & Game Developer, jruby hobbyist looking forward to taking a more permanent plunge into ruby's word (and avoiding php)

    October 15, 2013

  • Colin O.

    Hey Chloe,

    October 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I'm waitlisted. Would love to come along if a spot comes up! Just wondering, does everyone who is rsvped usually attend? Thanks :)

    October 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Cool, thanks Tim! Hopefully a space comes up, cheers :)

      October 14, 2013

    • Tim L.

      I was on the wait list and got my space this morning, so just kept an eye out on your mail. All the best!

      1 · October 15, 2013

  • Adi Gondo H.

    Yay! I'm in!

    1 · October 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to attend the event =(

    October 14, 2013

    • Chloe

      Thanks for letting us know!

      October 14, 2013

  • Darren L.

    What if we've just started learning (this week) and we've already got Ruby on Rails installed?

    October 10, 2013

    • Chloe

      Hi there Darren, we use this guide http://www.reinteract...­ to help you build your first app, and have some awesome mentors from the Community there to help you out. If you don't manage to get a spot at this event, we're hoping we'll get to run these more frequently so you can come along to the next one :)

      1 · October 11, 2013

    • Darren L.

      No worries, I'm working through the Ruby on Rails Tutorial at the moment so I'll probably go through something similar. Looking forward to future events =]

      October 11, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Have just discovered I'll be in Perth that week. Enjoy!

    September 4, 2013

    • Chloe

      No problem, hopefully we'll have another!

      September 4, 2013

  • Steve O.

    "I'm a professional Rails Developer" and thought I'd come along to lend a hand, providing the mentor-to-student ratio is ok?

    September 4, 2013

    • Chloe

      Because it's only next month I'll make sure to confirm with everyone closer to the time and make sure the mentor-to-student ratio is right :)

      September 4, 2013

    • Steve O.

      ok, great, thanks Chloe

      September 4, 2013

  • Keidrych A.

    Ex AI & Game Developer, jruby hobbyist looking forward to taking a more permanent plunge into ruby's word (and avoiding php)

    September 4, 2013

    • Chloe

      Looking forward to helping you on your Ruby journey!

      September 4, 2013

  • Jeremy T.

    I haven't RSVPd at this point, but if I'm still in Melbourne, I'll come along. I will only need standing space to help out anyway.

    1 · August 30, 2013

    • Chloe

      Hope you'll still be in Melb!

      August 30, 2013

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