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Ruby on Rails InstallFest

Do you want to learn how to code 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?

You are invited to attend the Ruby on Rails InstallFest, an initiative by reInteractive, sponsored by Fairfax Media

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 :) Power boards will be provided, everything else is up to you.

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

Yes, reInteractive will be providing pizza and drinks for you to munch on while you are getting your system up and running.

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 or RSVP to let us know you'd like to come along.

What have others 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

How can I find more info on training?

To keep you are on track with improving your Ruby on Rails skills we will be running a monthly Development Hub. Make sure you grab a spot!


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  • John H.

    Hi, had a problem the previous month with installing to OSx[masked] on a 17in Mac Book Pro and one of your guys had access to a software module only available via a developer's official access. It was although going to take too long to download. I said I would upgrade and did. Several of my programs I used stopped working as support for Rosetta stopped at the next version up, I then restored to pre-upgrade backup. IS there a solution for me to continue to have an interest in Ruby on Rails with these issues?

    July 14, 2014

    • Leonard G.

      Hi John, It's really difficult for me to fix this without having your laptop in front of me but there are some things you can try.
      1. The RailsInstaller does work on[masked]http://railsinstaller...­ - that's what I'd try first.
      2. Alternatively you can use the OSXGCC tool to install a compiler and compiler Ruby yourself using the ruby-installer project.
      2a. Install­ then
      2b. Install­ - note this second option could be difficult to get working.

      July 14, 2014

    • Barry

      Alternatively if you don't want to mess up your machine and keep everything sandboxed you can install vagrant and use my Vagrantfile at­ to get you up and running. This is currently just for me, but happy to share this with the community. Pull requests to make this better are welcome.

      July 16, 2014

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  • reinteractive

    Organise and mentor the Ruby on Rails InstallFest and Development Hub

  • Fairfax Media

    Provide the venue for the Ruby on Rails InstallFest

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