The Rails 3 Ropes Course

Gregg Pollack (Open SourceCraft), Nathaniel Bibler (Envy Labs), Thomas Meeks (Envy Labs), Jacob Swanner (Envy Labs)
Location: Portland 252
Please note: to attend, your registration must include Tutorials.
Average rating: ****.
(4.90, 10 ratings)

This 3 hour course will be presented in several stages of presentation and activity. Each stage’s presentation will detail one or more new topics by using slides, demonstrations, and screencasts. Following each of these presentations, you will then take the ropes and get your hands dirty, solving code challenges and tasks that will reinforce those concepts. During the course the Envy Labs team will be right behind you to answer any questions that you may have.

This is a very hands-on course and we expect that you will not only walk away with a working Rails 3 application, but also a more thorough understanding of the new framework and how Rails 3 will become an integral part of your future web applications.

NOTE: Instructions for this tutorial may be found here.

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Gregg Pollack

Open SourceCraft

Gregg Pollack works at Envy Labs, where he produces a podcast, creates educational screencasts, and develops websites with Rails. He also runs the Ruby Hero Awards, organizes the Orlando Ruby Users Group, and is also sometimes known as the Ruby on Rails guy in the “Rails vs” commercials or the “C” in MVC.

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Nathaniel Bibler

Envy Labs

Nathaniel Bibler is a private software consultant based in the Central Florida area. He has been designing web based software since 1994 and has been building and supporting Rails-based systems and applications almost exclusively for the past 3 years. In that time, he has created or contributed to several Rails plugins including attachment_fu and open_id_authentication as well as provided accepted patches into the Rails core. He is a long-time member and presenter in the Orlando Ruby User Group.

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Thomas Meeks

Envy Labs

Thomas loves to code, especially when he gets to dive into the deep technical details. To him, there is little more fun than a late night spent grokking the algorithms in complex software. In addition to his software development experience, Thomas is a total Linux geek and has several years experience bending servers to his indomitable will.

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Jacob Swanner

Envy Labs

Jacob was previously trapped working on Java & .NET web applications before he was liberated by Envy Labs. These days he spends his time writing beautiful Ruby code and rich, client-side applications with JavaScript. When his head is not in the clouds, he’s usually thinking about his next travel adventure.

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Andy Lim
07/20/2010 6:50am PDT

Tutorial was very well structured and the labs and cheat sheets were a great help. Many more tutorials at OSCON should be structured this way.

Nicholas Harsh
07/20/2010 6:33am PDT

The hands on labs were great.

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Jose Castro
07/20/2010 5:07am PDT

Great Tutorial. Everyone should learn with you guys. “Extra points” for:

  • prereq sent 1 week before oscon
  • each lab is contained so if you loose something, you can get along the tutorial whereever you want
  • 3 guys plus the presenter watching to help the audience.

The results were that the tutorial just flows normally. Didn’t notice anyone with environment problems.


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Gregg Pollack
07/08/2010 12:43pm PDT

As long as you’ve built a Rails app before you should be able to follow and keep up. We’re not explaining what MVC or ActiveRecord is, but we’ll be working in an existing Rails apps, so you’ll want to know your way around.

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Forrest Cahoon
07/08/2010 11:44am PDT

How much of a knowledge of Rails 2 are you expecting? I’ve only built a “hello world” app, and barely remember what I did. Would I be able to keep up?

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