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Re: [ruby-112] Ruby courses

From: Aaron T.
Sent on: Monday, May 12, 2014 2:01 PM
Hi Maya,

I just finished the Software Systems Development program at BCIT. It's an entirely hands-on web development program administered through their Hi-Tech Professional department. In other words, it's designed to train us in those technologies that will help us find a job in the industry. I have to say, the program was incredibly rewarding - we covered a myriad of languages and developed applications well beyond basic CRUD functionality - but we never covered Ruby on Rails. When I asked our lead instructor why that was he suggested that with so little time available in the curriculum for newer technologies, Ruby on Rails is not relevant enough in terms of job opportunities. Instead we briefly covered AngularJS and Laravel MVC frameworks.

That being said, I've been to many local meet-ups and job fairs in the last several months, and many of the reps from start-ups and series A/B companies have mentioned they develop with RonR (I've yet to come across one that uses Laravel). Since then I've been developing all of my projects with it. It seems like there's an increasing demand for experienced Ruby developers and because Vancouver is known as a "start-up" community, I think its worth it for BCIT to offer a course on Ruby. 

Anyways, that's my two cents. I've also heard there's quite a demand for Python and I don't believe BCIT offers a course in this framework either. I suspect they're being cautious when it comes to newer open-source technologies. For instance, I'm pretty sure we covered AngularJS because it was developed by Google. They probably decided it would stand a better chance in the job market in years to come.

Hope this helps! 


Aaron Turecki 

On Mon, May 12, 2014 at 10:51 AM, Natanael Silva <[address removed]> wrote:
I'd definetly do it

Em segunda-feira, 12 de maio de 2014, Maya Taguchi <[address removed]> escreveu:
Hi everyone,

I'm talking to BCIT at the moment about the possibility of adding a Ruby course to their curriculum, but they're telling me that there is no market demand for that.  I know from experience at my current company, where we hire Ruby developers, that the market is incredibly competitive for Ruby skills.  

So my question to the group is whether or not it would be useful to have a course available through an institution like BCIT?  For me, selfishly, it would provide us with a candidate pool that we could hire from so I think it's worth it.  But if you're a developer, would you take a BCIT course on Ruby if it was available?

Thanks for the feedback in advance!


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