So I have decided to learn enough Ruby on Rails to finish a rubric-based assessment tool that a friend was building. I will reflect here and will be updating this post regularly.
I tried on my own* - to little avail. So I took CS 142 Web Development at Stanford, and learned that higher level CS courses at Stanford have a DIY feel. A bit tricky when you are a grad student with few friends in the class. So I became an office hours inhabitant and made some friends, the TAs were accessible and made the class very manageable.
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I'll be starting with some reading of http://ruby.railstutorial.org/ruby-on-rails-tutorial-book
http://railsforzombies.org/ has been fun.
http://tryruby.org/ was a bit glitchy... but taught some syntactical rules.
I wanted to check the usual MOOC suspects and iTunesU for a short listing, but figured someone's blog contains this search. So I gBlog-searched, "best ways to learn ruby on rails"
I then read:
Started to watch nettuts+
Talked to a web-developer who wrote the code I am attempting to add to, she said:
1) Google MVC framework - first chapter or two of book or something similar (conceptual)
understand js, html, css. Make sure its Rails 3.2 and ruby 1.9
2) Think of an action that a user can perform. And can you trace it through the code?
3) Get everything working from my machine. Installing ruby, installing rails, requisite gems,
Once comfortable use (rails s) to localhost and test changes to the code.
There are responses in a forum thread on stackoverflow and that led to stackoverflow's learning threads
Pretty sure I can youtube it for free.