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

I traditionally work on the Front-end, but I've been focusing on the Back-end through Ruby on Rails lately. I blog about that journey once a week here.

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.

I also love to teach and create video tutorials about web development at Code Scouts.

Matt Steele

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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) were dedicated to learning Ruby through The Well-Grounded Rubyist, and then after lunch I was spending the rest of the afternoons & evenings working my way through The Pragmatic Studio Rails course. By Wednesday though I was having so much fun with the Rails course that I ended up working on it non-stop until I finished it up this morning.

I logged 62.5 Hours of studying, which means I pretty much did nothing else.

My knowledge of Rails up until now

I'm not completely new to Rails. I've worked with it in the past year at my last job, but since I was the Front-end guy, I mostly stuck to the 'views' directory. I always enjoyed working in the Rails apps though, and would bug the Back-end guy who sat next to me with 1000 questions. Luckily, he was always eager to answer my stupid questions.

Invariably I was still curious, and in the evenings I would come home and learn as much as I could on my own (I'm starting to think it's a disease). I started with Lynda.com videos and Ruby on Rails Explained For Front-end Developers, which where both great intros. Intros are nice and all, but in order to actually learn something I need fingers-on-the-keyboard time. I don't learn very well by passively watching videos or reading a book.

In asking my co-worker how I should go about learning Rails more in depth, he recommended the Hartl Tutorial, which I finished up recently. The Hartl tutorial is a huge step-up

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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

A CMS Nomad - Finding The Right CMS and Sticking With It

Do you have a go-to CMS that you always use? If so, you've likely also been curious about what some of the other CMSs out there are like. Will they make your job any easier? Why do the other communities

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