Complete Beginner…

Hi Folks,

I am a Media Designer and Ruby on Rails beginner on a very basic
level. I have a good background in HTML & CSS, but that’s basically
it. I havent worked with Ruby before and I am just getting startet
with the Terminal of my Mac OS and get the basics of JavaScript. I’ve
worked my way through a lot of resources (screencasts, forums,
tutorials, …) and got a pretty good overview of what Ruby on Rails can
do and why it is a great framework.

My problem is, the massive amount of information is overwhelming. I
still look for a good point to start a project that enables me to
learn Ruby on Rails on a more practical than theoretical way. What
would you suggest to be a good application to start with as a
beginner? A project that is quite easy to setup, and makes sense for a
Designer.

Thanks for your advice!

I say, scratch an itch of your own. Track something you need to track
in your personal or professional life.

That way you don’t have to beat requirements out of anybody (or guess at
them).

Zooshej wrote:

Hi Folks,

I am a Media Designer and Ruby on Rails beginner on a very basic
level. I have a good background in HTML & CSS, but that�s basically
it. I havent worked with Ruby before and I am just getting startet
with the Terminal of my Mac OS and get the basics of JavaScript. I�ve
worked my way through a lot of resources (screencasts, forums,
tutorials, �) and got a pretty good overview of what Ruby on Rails can
do and why it is a great framework.

My problem is, the massive amount of information is overwhelming. I
still look for a good point to start a project that enables me to
learn Ruby on Rails on a more practical than theoretical way. What
would you suggest to be a good application to start with as a
beginner? A project that is quite easy to setup, and makes sense for a
Designer.

Thanks for your advice!

Lots of people will suggest that you get the “Agile Development With
Rails” book by Sam Ruby, Dave T. and David Heinemeier H… They
have test applications that you build and work through and is all around
great resource. It’s in it’s third addition so it is up to date. Another
book I liked is “Build Your Own Ruby On Rails Web Application” by
Patrick Lenz, which I used as a reference when I got my job. I was hired
with zero experience in Ruby on Rails and had to take the crash course
to get up to speed by the time I started. And in general, study and
practice building varous stuff even after you have finished your test
apps from any books your read.

-S

http://www.ruby-forum.com/topic/191189

Start here and click on the very first link in the topic post. The
complete walk-through of a CMS system is really solid and the
instructional methods provided account for a gradual learning curve with
rails.

By the time you reach the 16th lesson, you will have a solid rails
foundation…

You could take Geoffrey Grosenbach’s suggestion and write your own
blog:

http://nubyonrails.com/articles/about-this-blog-memcached

Cheers,
Nicholas

On Jul 14, 2:46 pm, “Älphä Blüë” [email protected]

Great tip… I already ordered the book and gonna start
experimenting.

On Jul 14, 8:05 pm, Shandy N. [email protected]

I was thinking about that.
I might start with the Radiant CMS and go from there…

Thanks for the useful link!

I was a lot like you. I have a really strong BG in HTML CSS and Flash
dev. With a little JS. I bought numerous tutorials and books. I have
watched Ryan B. Railscasts many times.

Everyone learns differently, but from my experiences over the past
year and a half i would say, get your head around Ruby Basics. The
Pick Axe Book is good for this. You dont need to memorize the whole
thing, just become familar with basics. It helps to understand what is
rails and what is ruby

And out of all the books that really helped “turn the light on” i
found Oreilly Head First Rails to be the best for an all out beginner
http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596515775/ - It really helped me make
more sense of the others, because its not so “programmer” speak.

The Agile book is good and so is Rails Way by Obie. Along with
Railscasts, I have purchased many of Geoffrey Grosenbach’s screencasts
over at peepcode.com They’re really good as well.

Good Luck

Zooshej wrote:

I was thinking about that.
I might start with the Radiant CMS and go from there�

That might work, but it won’t teach you Rails unless you have to
customize the CMS engine.

Best,

Marnen Laibow-Koser
http://www.marnen.org
[email protected]

And I found this very nice way to start your first lines of Ruby:
http://tryruby.hobix.com

On Jul 14, 8:46 pm, “Älphä Blüë” [email protected]

Might help:

http://charlesmaxwood.com/9-resources-for-new-ruby-on-rails-developers/

http://groups.google.com/group/rubyonrails-talk/browse_thread/thread/c04ab8bb12c4323d?hl=en

Cheers, Sazima

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