Ruby on Rails screencasts for Web Developers

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Hey guys! Chris from GoRails here. I think everyone who has learned Ruby on Rails was familiar with Ryan Bates' Railscasts. He took a break from putting out screencasts for a few years and I started GoRails as a way to revive the idea of weekly screencasts for the Rails community with my own angle on it. It makes for a nice way to learn how to build your own application piece by piece. Most of the topics I cover are ones requested by people trying to add a feature to their app. Hope you enjoy it!
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I'm currently trying to learn Ruby/Rails, so I don't think this is good for me (yet), but one possible suggestion: It might be helpful to have difficulty levels associated with each cast? Just a thought. I have a similar complaint about Railscasts. Tons of videos, but I have no idea where to start as a beginner.
@taykcrane Great suggestion. Almost of these are intermediate level. If you finish stuff like Michael Hartl's Rails tutorial, this stuff is a pretty good follow up. Also, starting from the beginning I covered a lot of intro topics and they get slowly more advanced from there. For example at the beginning I covered 10 gems that I use in just about every project as well as explained some basics like what the params hash is and how it works internally. Probably just watching from the beginning is the best approach if you're a beginner. What tutorials/courses have you been taking to learn Ruby/Rails so far?
@excid3 thanks a lot. So far, it's been: codecademy.com, teamtreehouse.com, codeschool.com, and now learnrubythehardway.org/book. I'm desperately trying to avoid ordering a textbook like Rails Tutorial, there's got to be a better way. But so far, I haven't really found it. None of the above are as comprehensive and/or engaging as I want them to be. Any recommendations?
@taykcrane Totally. Mine experience was a mixture of videos, tutorials, a couple physical books, and then mostly just trying to build stuff and get lost. I'd say that printed books often have to go through so much more rigor to publish since they take so much more work to publish. That said, the only real books I read on Ruby/Rails were Agile Development With Rails and Metaprogramming Ruby (highly recommend this, but it's fairly advanced). Both are great books. The Rails tutorial is free online btw. https://www.railstutorial.org/book Then I think the hard part there is taking what they teach you and then applying it. They give you lots of good guidance, but there's that jump from following tutorials to being able to actually build your own apps that is hard to make. I wrote a post a bit ago about some ideas for building web apps for learning that you might find useful too: https://medium.com/p/2f725aed08d5/
I think it's fair to say the days of Rails screencasts were over until GoRails came about. Short, simple intuitive videos about Rails and RubyGems help others greatly who are looking to get started or advance their knowledge with Rails. Chris has done an excellent job. I've been a member since it was acquired by OneMonth and I've also just renewed my subscription. Chris does some great vlogs. They give you a great insight into how a Rails developer would look at an issue on GitHub, create a branch, commit some fixes and create pull requests. If you're not familiar with this workflow, Chris' vlogs will get you started! Keep up the good work Chris.
@notrab Thanks Jamie! I need to do some more of those vlogs showing my daily work again. They were a lot of fun and a nice unedited peak into my workflow. :)
@notrab I totally agree. I love GoRails. Chris does a great job with these screencasts and has helped me take my rails skills to the next level. If you have are learning to code or are running a rails based business I highly recommend signing up you and/or your team.
When learning Rails you'll quickly realize that like 90% of the resources online are aimed at beginners. The resources that go beyond the beginner level jump far to the other end of the spectrum and are crazy advanced. GoRails is the much needed resource that sits in the middle of those two. It helps a developer get from "Ok, I've built a few applications" to "Ok, I understand how all this stuff works". I definitely recommend it. πŸ˜€πŸ‘
@mackenziechild There's definitely a lot missing in the middle. The goal is to hopefully just show a peek behind the curtain and help you understand that Rails isn't actually all that complicated, there's just a lot of stuff! πŸ’ͺ😎
@excid3 @mackenziechild Chris, so is that an accurate assessment? GoRails not necessarily a good fit for the true programming n00bs, but a great starting point for people with some level of programming knowledge?
@paul_hq @mackenziechild Yeah, I actually skip a lot of the basics here and there like setting up controllers or routes because I assume you can do that. I'll focus on taking the basic stuff and doing something more complicated with it or customizing it in some way. Most of that stuff is easily learned through any of the intro to Rails resources out there.
I really enjoy GoRails, keep up the good work Chris!
@hopkinschris Thanks man! I really appreciate it. πŸ‘πŸ‘
GoRails is just one of those must have resources for any Ruby on Rails developer. Can't tell you how much I have learned and Chris is a really cool dude always willing to help out.
@rjmccollam Thanks RJ! That means a lot.