Ruby on Rails Bootcamp Training Course

Course Summary

This 5-day Ruby on Rails Training Course combines two of our most popular courses into a one week long workshop. The first part of this course is 2 Days of Ruby. The second part is 3 days of Rails. 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.

Starting with the basics of Ruby and 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]

5 days.

Ruby on Rails Bootcamp is composed of the following:

Objectives [top]

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

  • Configure and install Ruby and Rails
  • Learn the basics of the Ruby language
  • 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 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 the 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 at Marakana 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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Jeremy has been creating web applications in one form or another for over 15 years. He's a full stack developer who is just as much at home working on the front end as he is with a server stack and a DB console.

He has worked on a wide variety of projects from custom content management systems, to e-commerce, to high volume video syndication and distribution. His roles have ranged from developer, to architect, and he's always looking to learn new skills and expand his horizons. He's an active participant in the Oklahoma City developer community and is one of the organizers of OkcRuby.

If you find him away from a computer you might catch him drumming, taking photos, or cooking up a batch of home brew.

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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]

Ruby Overview

  • Objects
  • Classes
  • Core Ruby
  • Common Standard Library Classes
  • Control Structures
  • Scope
  • Blocks
  • Modules


  • Git
  • Gems

Test-driven Development with RSpec

  • Introduction to TDD
  • Red-Green-Refactor
  • Describing a feature
  • Verifying expectations
  • Mocks & Stubs

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]

Great course. It was nice to have a teacher who USES this stuff on a day-to-day basis, instead of someone who's a professioanl training-course teacher with little real-world experience. Thanks Dan!

David - RIC International

Daniel was very accommodating and great about touching more advanced topics on latest plugins and tools.

Simona - JGI

Wolf is great. By the end of the week he felt like part of our team.

Rob - G5 Search Marketing

Sarah was great and demonstrates a solid understanding of the material and its real world use.

Tris - Ivybay Consulting

Wolf is a very talented person; not just a trainer, but you can also tell he is practicing what he is teaching. Excellent.

Frank - MacArthur Foundation

I thought Wolf was a great teacher...

Paul - G5

Overall, totally stoked. Thanks!

Kathryn - Self

Overall it was a great experience, the training was intense but the instructors were great helping everybody and explaining stuff in great detail - I would highly recommend this class to other people trying to learn about ruby/Rails land!

Manuel - NBCUniversal

I loved the last day of the class, where we worked on pairs and had fun while learning and coding in Ruby. The instructor was willing to answer many questions. She was extremely knowledgeable on ruby gems, plugins and development tools. She was very helpful when we got stuck on something. I thought the class was excellent.

Jose - Oregon State University

This is one of the best training that I have been to (perhaps the best).

Sriram - New York Life Insurance Company

Great job everyone! Thanks for putting this together! Good luck in your future ventures!

Charles - Dealerflow

I don't have a lot of suggestions for improvement - this class was incredibly beneficial to me.

Zach - Oregon State University

The class was well organized and we were fortunate to have an excellent instructor in Daniel. He was able to adjust the course work on the fly to meet the class's collective needs.

Michael - Medidata Solutions

I think it was overall a very good speed given the wide range of experience(s) in the group.

Aaron - G5

A really excellent course. Brandon is highly knowledgable and a good teacher. Exercises are relevant and a great way to learn.

Matt - Leica Geosystems

I'm not used to "self-paced" instructor learning, but I think it worked out well in the end. I learned a ton.
Daniel is a great instructor. Great knowledge and skills and good attitude and humor.

Truong - Walt Disney Animation Studios

The instructor was willing to revise the course to show examples of how he would solve some real problems

Jerry - Comcast Cable

Modern style of learning. Liked the monitors that we can see at the same time.

Michael - Interwoven

I was very pleased with the quality of the material, the training facility itself and the instructor. The facility is comfortable and provides an environment that is conducive for learning. Brandon is excellent. If I didn't quite grasp something, he pulled up a chair and we went over it together. He's a wonderful instructor that take a keen interest in ensuring you understand the material.

Scott - Dutchland, Inc.

A great introduction to Rails.

Lee - JGI

I really like including the ZenTest and testing capabilities during development. Powerful.

Kevin - Walt Disney Animation Studios

Great course! Great instructor! Always a pleasure to learn from someone who uses Rails on a daily basis and is familiar with the development process and the community.
Fantastic class. The breath, depth and technical knowledge of the instructor was amazing. This class really solidified and expanded my understanding of the material.

Derek - Intuit

I will definitely dive into more Ruby concepts, to assist me with making a great Web App. Thanks!

Amee - Firelight Foundation

Wolf was very patient with our questions and concerns with RoR. He insured our questions/concerns were answered. He was very knowledgeable and very impress. Other instructors from other companies can only cover material and answer questions based upon slides , but Wolf was able to answer and code beyond what was being presented. There was not one question he was not able to answer which is a first for me where an instructor was not stump by a question.

Ryan - MacArthur Foundation

I had very good time learning Ruby and Rails. Alex was exceptional in answering most of our questions. Overall I had excellent experience.

Sowmyashree - NBCUniversal

Instructor was great. Very knowledgeable. Would enjoy taking having a more advanced training through him.

Ryne - MediaTrust

Instruction was great.

Matthew - Thamesoft

Wolf was an excellent instructor who demonstrated a vast array of knowledge with TDD tools. He was able to work across different personalities in the group and bring them together, no small feat! The training extended well beyond the materials and Wolf was able to orchestrate themes and present ideas in a clear fashion.

Chris - G5 Search Marketing