So You Want to Be a Rails Developer?

The Topic:

Ruby and Rails is built on many open source technologies and has so much domain knowledge that it can be overwhelming for anybody wanting to start doing Rails development. Brian will show you HOW to learn Rails. Learn the Rails stack, learn the terms that Rails developers throw around and learn where to go and what resources exist to help you become the Rails developer you want to be.

Meet the Presenter:

Brian Cardarella is the principal at DockYard, a Boston-based web and mobile consultancy. He has been writing Ruby on Rails applications since 2006, working in the enterprise, startups and also politics. Brian has authored several popular gems (Ruby libraries) and is the organizer of The Boston Ruby Group.

Boston Tech Event Schedule:

6:30 - 7:15: Free pizza and networking

    * Talking the Boston tech job market with experts from Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners

7:16- 8:00: Brian Cardarella's Presentation on So You Want to Be a Rails Developer?

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  • A. Mutaal B.

    I thought that this was a great event.

    December 6, 2011

  • Merlin C.

    @Tyler and @Brian thanks for posting resource and slides.

    December 6, 2011

  • Cristy P.

    I did not know anything about Rails, I which he had started talking about the benefits or reasons why I should or should not use rails. Better uses, etc.
    I think he could had gone quicker on explaining the code, he spent a lot of time on beginning code, that it is very similar or the same in other languages.

    December 6, 2011

  • Doug

    re: advanced presentation? example-based intermediate and advanced talks focusing on Rails are what i would like to see most. thoughts?

    December 6, 2011

  • Ramon V.

    Ecellent - as advertised, a very good intro. I will invest more time looking/trying Ruby based on this meetup.

    December 3, 2011

  • Lito

    I thought the presenter was excellent...I think it's mission impossible to cover all the bases he did, but he managed to get through them and I think succeeded in giving a thorough introduction to the platform as well as great resources to study further. Very much appreciate you guys putting this together - look forward to coming to the next one.

    December 2, 2011

  • Brian C.

    I'll post the slides here too for those that aren't on the meetup mailing list:

    December 2, 2011

  • gary g.

    Wow! Brian may have "scratched the surface" - his words - but he coverered a huge breadth of topics in his talk last night, and he gave us some great suggestions on how to begin with Ruby. Loved it. Thank you, Brian!

    December 2, 2011

  • Mickaël F.

    Really good introduction to Rails. Just a little frustrated we had to cover so much basic stuff.

    December 2, 2011

  • Praveen A.

    very good presentation, gave me a good head start on learning rails

    December 2, 2011

  • Don C.

    I appreciate that Brian didn't rush through what is a huge and comprehensive topic. This was my first meeting and I'm just getting in to Ruby on Rails so the subject matter was perfect for me.

    December 2, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm glad it went long. So much information

    December 2, 2011

  • Tim B.

    So this did start a little later than I expected and finished much later but was a great dash through ruby and rails. Having attended this I can see why ASP.Net is the way it is.

    December 1, 2011

  • Tyler C.

    I second the Michael Hartl's book that David mentioned. Also Michael made it available free online and even added a 13th chapter explaining the steps to migrate to Rails 3.1.

    December 1, 2011

  • David C.

    I really recommend Michael Hartl's "Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial". It also goes through testing with rspec and using git. Rails 3.1 is going to be a bit different (yet again) so it might be worth waiting for that.

    1 · December 1, 2011

  • gary g.

    There is a local (downtown crossing in Boston) company called Thoughtbot that offers among other things workshops on Rails development... While I haven't taken any of the workshops myself, I would say that the people at Thoughtbot are excellent engineers who do outstanding work, and I would bet that the Rails workshops they offer are great. Check out

    December 1, 2011

  • Jonathan C.


    December 1, 2011

  • Mickaël F.

    I've learnt via the book "Agile Web Development with Rails (4th edition)" by Sam Ruby.

    December 1, 2011

  • Jonathan C.

    I would like to come but I can't make it; are there any other good resources out there for someone who wants to learn ruby on rails?

    December 1, 2011

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  • Boston Startup Job Fair

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