Rails Gotchas

By ·web developer by day, dancer by night

So you've read The Rails Tutorial, or watched Rails for Zombies, or been through one of the many other introductions to building web applications with RoR - what next!?  

There is a whole lot to learn when starting web development, so we'll go through some common questions and issues that come up, and hopefully save you some headache down the road.  We'll address the why and how of:

  • RVM setup
  • What is Bundler, anyway?
  • Life beyond scaffolding
  • Ruby vs. SQL: make your database do the work
  • Do I need to write tests?
and leave time for Q&A.  Proceeds will be donated to CoderDojo NYC.
Prerequisites
Some familiarity with Ruby on Rails - you should be through an introductory tutorial or two.

Aidan Feldman

web developer by day, dancer by night

Aidan has been working with Rails for 4 years, currently a developer doing Ruby and Javascript at Jux.  He is the organizer of Hacker Hours (free weekly office hours for programming help), Hacking for Hustlers and EDU Hack Day - you can otherwise find him at basically any hackathon or tech meetup in NYC.  While he's not building world-changing software, he leads a second life as a modern dancer.  Aidan also teaches Advanced Javascript at NYU.

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