Today I finished up the One Month Rails course in exactly 15 days. I was basically a Weekend Warrior, in that I didn’t work on this much during the work week. I think it was a substantial course and worth the $20 that I paid for access to it.
+ Getting me setup with an environment, deploying to Git and Heroku was probably the best part about this. Compared to Codecademy or other such sites, this course actually got me started on the path to making a real app and showing it to the world within the very first lesson. That is a huge motivator to keep going, and also gave me essential knowledge that I need to start app #2.
+ His teaching was slow and his voice is calming and his delivery is great. I like how he explained why we’re doing everything.
+ I feel like I have a solid knowledge of searching the web for answers to things and importing gems that might be useful to my project.
+ I got a brief glimpse into Ruby syntax, though I don’t necessarily understand it yet.
+ I have a working app at the end that is basically Pinterest minus the boards that I can show to people. This is exciting.
+ I don’t think it taught me how to code, at all. It taught me the basics of creating an app with Rails and how to edit/modify things. I feel like I could build any number of apps and I could probably Google for the code snippets required to add just about any functionality. Do I feel that would make me a “Rails developer”? No. I don’t really understand how to write any Ruby code.
I liked this course. It gave me the knowledge that I need to start making another app, once I come up with an idea.
My next steps:
Do the Ruby course at CodeSchool and Codecademy so that I can understand the syntax of that language better. Read Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby. Then, I’ll do Michael Hartl’s Rails tutorial. After that, I’m going to build something and this will give me time to figure out exactly what. =)