Hi. My name is Matt Steele and I'm a Web Developer in Denver, Colorado.

I traditionally work on the Front-end building sites throught Craft, ExpressionEngine and Statamic CMS's. I've also been working on the Back-end through Ruby on Rails.

I help companies grow their businesses through my company Western Code.

On the weekends I organize a local JavaScript meetup called the Denver Code Club.

Matt Steele

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How I Learned Ruby on Rails

I spent a significant amount of time this Summer learning Ruby on Rails and, of course, I'm still learning. I wasn't completely new to Rails when I started; I've worked in Rails apps in the past, but as the Front End Developer, I worked mainly in the views directory. Earlier this Summer though I decided I wanted to really dive deeper into the framework and learn it properly.

I tried various methods of learning and found out what worked for me and what didn't. I'll go over those here and hopefully help you on your path to gaining a deeper understanding of Rails.

What Worked For Me

Ruby on Rails Explained for Front-End Developers

My first step, earlier this year, was to read "Ruby on Rails Explained for Front end Developers", which turned out to be a great quick into. There's not too much to the book, but that's by design. It's enough to get you familiar with the directory structure and a high level overview of the way things are interacting with each other behind the scenes.

Pragmatic Studio

The Pragmatic Studio series is where I really learned both Ruby and Rails, and so far has been the best investement for me in terms of both time and money. There's three courses in total:

All three courses together will run you about $450.00, but it's absolutely worth it.

What makes the series stand out from the others is the fact that you're building a similar app alongside the instructors instead of mimicking what they're doing on screen. You watch a lesson, then

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Weekly Update - August 22nd, 2014

This week was a great one in terms of Learning more Ruby/Rails. I really felt like I got a lot accomplished and made some great strides.

Earlier this week I was dividing my day into two parts: the mornings (7-12ish)

Weekly Update - August 15th, 2014

After wrapping up the Hartl tutorial last week (site here), I decided to do a two-fer this week and dive into another Rails tutorial from the Pragmatic Studio and begin reading The Well-Grounded Rubyist.

My routine

Weekly Update - August 8th, 2014

Since I've been working from home and studying Ruby on Rails like crazy these last few months I realized that I haven't been updating my blog as much as I used to. There was a time where I kept a monthly

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