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.
I also love to teach and create video tutorials about web development at Code Scouts.
September 29th, 2014
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
- Pragmatic Studio
- Ruby on Rails Tutorial (simply known as the Michael Hartl Tutorials)
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.
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
Recent Articles //
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 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