Building OpenCamp (a project management tool) - a learning series

Building Freecamp (a project management tool) - a learning series

As we kick off our first meetup as part of the Google for Entrepreneurs at CoCo program we will have monthly sessions to help you get started building a real Rails app and learn best practices and fundamental web development concepts. Each session in the series will build on the previous session.

Each session will take place in three parts: an introductory lesson, a group coding workshop and an 'advanced topics' presentation.

We’ll aim to provide documentation and tutorials to go along with our sessions, so newcomers can catch up and dive right in.

Introductory Lesson (30 minutes):
We'll give a quick introduction to where we're at with Freecamp, what we'll build today and some basic syntax/how to guides that will allow us to build some features during the workshop

Coding Workshop (1 hour 30 minutes):
The best way to learn is by doing! With that, the co-organizers will host a session where we will lead you through a session of how to code Freecamp. We'll implement features, deploy to Heroku and deal with version control. The organizers and experienced Rubyists will roam around and make sure make sure everyone is following along while hacking on the application.

This will be a highly interactive session where you can work with others, beginners and experienced Rails developers alike, and get hands on experience building a Ruby on Rails application.

Advanced Topic Presentations (30 minutes):
After we've hacked on Freecamp for a while, we'll talk about some deeper concepts of Rails/Web development and relate them to the work we did that day. These will take the form of beginner focused lightning talks that members of the group can talk about as they're learning Rails. e.g:


• Test Driven Development
• Git and Version Control
• Deployment (Heroku/VPS)
• Core Rails components that interact with databases, help you build forms, etc
• Ruby language tips and lessons
• Javascript concepts (AJAX, page manipulation, etc)
• And others!

 

Logistics:

Parking: visit the CoCo MSP site for parking infomation. CoCo has a partnership with the Gateway Ramp (grab validations from CoCo Host to receive $5 parking). http://www.minneapolisparking.com/gateway/

Food/Drink: food, beer, soda and water will be provided

Laptop: since there is group hack-session during these events, you should bring a laptop with Ruby on Rails installed! There is a great resource at http://railsapps.github.com/installing-rails.html that can help you get started on your operating system. If for any reason you run into issues with that tutorial and can't get things running, that's okay too. Just bring your laptop to the event and we can help you get set up and be prepared to partner up with someone to follow along.


A note from our sponsors:
By registering for this event, you acknowledge that this is a public event and any ideas you share cannot be considered confidential and could be developed by others, including Google. On the other hand, sharing your ideas might lead to opportunities to collaborate with other event participants and sponsors.

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you everyone that put in the effort to make this happen.

    April 11, 2013

  • Pete K.

    Derek and Weston are putting in a ton of effort to get everyone up and running with Rails. It can be difficult to get he Rails environment set up properly, and they are doing a great job making sure everyone has the opportunity to get started. Thanks Sam Blake, Bobbilee and others who were helping out yesterday too!

    1 · April 9, 2013

    • Mo O.

      Yep - If anyone has any lingering issues, and is having trouble resolving them, feel free to post them here. I or someone else will likely see the post come through over our email.

      1 · April 9, 2013

    • Derek R.

      To that point, I've created a Google group that I think may be of use for that purpose. I'll send it out in the next day or two.

      April 9, 2013

  • Chris

    This is really last minute, for that I apologize. I've been fighting with a sinus infection and just don't feel like I'll get much from the meetup. I REALLY hope someone can fill my spot quick. See you guys down the road.

    April 8, 2013

  • Chris L.

    Made other plans, so I cannot attend today. :(

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Work interfered, and now I can't make it. Bummed.

    April 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was so psyched about this, but just realized I double booked. I need to start using Basecamp's calendar again! The good news is that someone from the waitlist can take my place!

    April 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks for pinging the group with the open spot.

      April 8, 2013

    • Matt

      Has it been taken?

      April 8, 2013

  • Ben L.

    I'll bring a video camera and post to YouTube...

    April 8, 2013

  • Lisa

    Was so excited to be there...can't make it now. Please let someone else from the wait list in...

    April 7, 2013

  • Matt

    Would love to stand, available last minute.

    April 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will not be able to make it for certain, so another participant can take my place. Thank you!

    April 5, 2013

  • Tan

    Will just swing by to see the place.

    April 2, 2013

  • Cole G.

    I'm going to be out of town for this one, bummed that I have to miss the CoCo debut. Dropping my RSVP to let someone in fromt the waitlist - see you at the next one.

    1 · March 31, 2013

    • Derek R.

      Thanks Cole! See you at the next one :).

      March 31, 2013

  • Pete K.

    Super excited for the new space at CoCo.

    2 · March 12, 2013

    • Derek R.

      Super excited for the free beer, too.

      March 22, 2013

    • Mo O.

      Right? Congrats on setting this up - hopefully I'll be able to make this one.

      March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any tips on parking for this meetup?

    March 12, 2013

    • Pete K.

      Street parking should be free after 18.00

      March 12, 2013

    • Derek R.

      There is also a nearly connected ramp on that block that will cost about $3.

      March 12, 2013

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