Frequently Asked Questions
What is this class about?
Rails School covers everything about Ruby, Rails, and web application development.
Approximately half of our lessons are on Ruby, and half are on Rails.
How is the curriculum organized? Do you ever start over?
Our weekly lessons vary by topic and difficulty.
The curriculum never starts over, but we hold Catch-up Days from time to time, during which new students can get personal help preparing for the regular lessons.
How should I prepare for my first Ruby lesson?
Please make sure you have Ruby 1.9.3, 2.0.0, 2.1.0, or 2.2.0 (preferred) on your laptop. If you need to install Ruby, we suggest following the Railsbridge InstallFest guide.
Then go through Ruby in 100 Minutes by JumpstartLab.
How should I prepare for my first Rails lesson?
First, make sure Rails 4.0, 4.1, or 4.2 (preferred) is installed on your machine. If you need to install Rails, please follow the great, actively maintained Railsbridge InstallFest guide.
Then create a blog app by completing the Rails Getting Started Guide. (we will build off the blog app extensively)
How do I sign up? Does it cost money?
Please sign up on this website, and RSVP for the lessons you plan on attending.
Classes are free of cost, but we'd love for you to donate to Noisebridge on our behalf.
Do you have a mailing list?
Yes, we post announcements and hold discussions on the Starmonkeys Google Group.
What's the best way to start learning Ruby on Rails?
There's a good discussion on Quora that gives great answers to that, including tutorials Best way to start learning ROR - Quora
Do you need help?
Yes! We always welcome new teachers and TAs to better serve our students and keep this thing going.
Please RSVP and join us in class.
Does you have a Code of Conduct?
Yes! We expect all participants to adhere to our Code of Conduct.
May I create my own local Rails School?
Yes. In fact, we'd love to help you! Here are our instructions for starting a new school.