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Emerald City Programming Group

  • Dec 1, 2012 · 10:00 AM
  • Primedia

The next Emerald City Programming Group meeting will be December 1st from 10:00am to 12:00pm. For this meeting, we'll be covering Chapter 2 of "Ruby on Rails Tutorial" - A Demo App


More Info:

The Emerald City Programming Group is a group of people getting together to learn how to program in Rails.

This class will cover the following:

* Rails

* Ruby

* Git / GitHub

This class is geared towards beginning to intermediate programmers.

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  • James D. H.

    Thanks for your response and book recommendations.

    The Ruby book I have been using is The Ruby Programming Language (older version).

    Chapter 1 stalled (confused me) somewhat. Chapter 1 gives the reader an overview of the entire Ruby language without really defining all of the terms used to do so.

    As an "old" developer, I prefer to ground myself in all the basics before proceeding to the next level (using development tools and standards based on Ruby code. I sometimes like to look at the underlying source code to better understand tools.

    I had heard of Sinatra but never really checked it out. I will.

    To the extent that there are other tools and utilities and methods which solve ap problems (such as gems), I would really like to have a good overview of the form and function. I don't like reinventing the wheel.

    Jim Hargreaves

    November 29, 2012

  • James D. H.

    As someone who professionally worked as a DP (later renamed IT) developer, I have been trying to get started with the development of a project using Ruby/Rails.

    It seems to me that the starting point of this process SHOULD BE a mastery of the Ruby programming language. As a result, my focus has been on developing an understanding of Ruby.

    Much of what I see in the language is "old hat" (stolen from previous incarnations of other languages).

    What would be useful is if I could find a tutorial (which is completely bottom up) on the basic process of coding (including choices to be made at each stage) a Ruby program.

    Once one has a thorough understanding of HOW to code a Ruby program, only then (it seems to me) should one proceed to understanding the wide variety of Ruby compatible tools like Rails.

    Am I completely crazy (and/or off base)?

    November 26, 2012

    • Alan H.

      If you're looking for a book on how to write different types of Ruby programs then I would recommend the book "Ruby in Practice". It talks about using Ruby for systems integration, databases, and web development. I disagree that one needs a thorough understanding of Ruby in order to begin learning Rails development. I would argue that languages and frameworks often go hand in hand and it's perfectly acceptable to learn both simultaneously. The tradeoff is a steeper learning curve, but most people are motivated to learn Rails and not Ruby. If someone wants to become a good Rails developer, I would recommend a thorough understanding of Ruby and learning about Sinatra, which is another Ruby web framework.

      November 29, 2012

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