Rails Training Course

Course Summary

In this hands-on Rails training course, you will learn to put your web development on Rails. Experience the Rails-way of approaching web applications and see how you'll be able to spend less time configuring and more time developing - without reinventing the wheel, like in many other environments.

Starting with the basics of Rails, you'll learn the full Rails' MVC stack, testing techniques, Ajax and even web services. We'll work through the full life-cycle of a Rails project, giving you experience with all facets of a typical app.


Duration [top]

3 days.

Objectives [top]

By taking the Ruby on Rails Training course, students will:

  • Build a new Rails application from scratch
  • Setup and manage databases with migrations
  • Learn how to configure Rails' routing
  • Practice test-driven development (TDD) with Rspec
  • Learn about behavior-driven development (BDD) with Cucumber
  • Learn how to add Ajax with JQuery
  • Learn how to leverage ActiveRecord with associations, validations, and callbacks
  • Understand resources and REST, and how to use them in a Rails application
  • Learn how to find and use plugins
  • Understand the various deployment options for Rails applications
  • Understand Rails' opinions and how to embrace or override them

Audience [top]

Bootcamp This course is designed for developers who have some web development experience that wish to learn Ruby on Rails.

Prerequisites [top]

The participants taking our Ruby on Rails Training course must be familiar with the general principles of object oriented programming (OOP). Prior exposure to the following concepts and technologies is very helpful, but not required:

  • General understanding of web development principles
  • Basic knowledge of HTML and CSS
  • Basic knowledge of JavaScript
  • Basic understanding of the HTTP protocol, including concepts like SSL, redirection, GET vs POST, etc.
  • Basic knowledge of SQL
  • Familiarity with MySQL (or any other relational database)

Instructors [top]


Alex is a hardcore coder, teacher, and a prolific contributor to a variety of open source tools and frameworks. At Pivotal Labs, he led the development of Pivotal Tracker, a popular project management application written in Ruby and JavaScript. He is also regarded as one of the Bay Area's leading Extreme Programming coaches. On top of his many software development accomplishments, he has published research papers on evolutionary computation (aka 'genetic algorithms') and implicit memory in human cognition.

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Daniel Morrison has been teaching Ruby, Ruby on Rails courses since 2007. Not to mention helping some of the most advanced software teams across the U.S. with consulting projects within the Ruby and Rails space. Daniel brings his industry expertise from these real world projects to the training class. With a background in Computer Science, there's a good chance Daniel will start rambling on about Merge Sorts or Big Oh calculations. If you leave him alone, however, his fascination with code, databases, and APIs will kick in and he'll start programming.

Daniel founded Collective Idea in 2005 to put a name to his growing, and already full-time freelance work. He can usually be found (coffee in hand) staring into a tiny 15" digital world. He writes about code and other uninteresting things on his blog.

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Nathaniel Jones has been a web developer for about a decade now, working primarily with Ruby on Rails for the past four years. About a year ago, he founded Third Prestige, a web application studio in Austin, TX, built around the idea that designers and developers work side by side through the entire process to deliver the best possible overall product. Along that line, he's always strived to be a full-stack developer, transforming business logic into database schemas one day and layering in smooth transitions with jQuery or CSS3 the next. He also helped start the course Design for Developers, helping developers understand the principles and logic behind how design works.

He's excited to help mentor developers in best practices and delivering maintainable software, whether that's helping teach with MakerSquare, a 10-week web development bootcamp, or volunteering at Cafe Bedouins, Austin's weekly hacknight, or just pair programming with a junior developer on hard problems.

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Renée draws upon experience from a variety of projects, from high energy physics simulation to financial forecasting models, to provide key expertise for her clients in the areas of business intelligence and software development. As a business consultant, she utilized her background in computer science and economics to create innovative solutions for leading organizations in the telecommunications, aerospace, and high tech industries. As an expert in agile development and a technical leader in the Ruby on Rails software community, she co-founded Seattle RailsBridge and frequently presents at both domestic and international Ruby conferences.

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Outline [top]

Rails Introduction

  • The Architecture
  • the Model-View-Controller pattern
  • Rails project structure
  • Scaffolding for jumpstart

Rails Toolbox

  • Rake
  • Git
  • Test Frameworks
  • Deploying a Rails application

Demystifying Rails

  • The Console
  • Models with ActiveRecord
  • Routes and Controllers
  • Associations
  • Migrations
  • Views

Test-Driving your Rails App

  • Beyond Scaffolding
  • BDD with Cucumber and Rspec
  • Outside-in Testing
  • Test-driving Feature Development
  • Rails testing helpers

Advanced Controllers and Models

  • Validations
  • Evolving your Database
  • Modifying Application Flow

Rails Power Tools

  • Named Routes
  • Rails Plugins
  • User Authentication

Student Testimonials [top]

Perfect! I could not imagine learning Ruby on Rails through just going through a book. Instructor was extremely helpful in training us to master this subject. Thank you!
The Ruby on Rails Bootcamp (5 Days) is worth every penny of the stated price of the course. Instructor has done a fantastic job integrating a lot of the best practice in test-driven development into the Rails lessons...something that is really hard to learn on one's own from books alone.