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Time to learn Ruby on Rails!

I like Rails. A lot. And you should too – it makes build web stuff fun, and faster. It’s poetry when compared to PHP. Not to mention there is some smart nerds doing work on it, and it has one of the most vibrant and passionate communities around. Unfortunately, the learning curve can be significant, especially if you are learning Ruby at the same time. Me to the rescue!

The guys behind Sitepoint have just launched a new site: Learnable, which is an online training centre, where people not only go to learn stuff, but they can teach stuff too! They ask me to create a Ruby on Rails 3 course for their launch, and it just went live today!

The course is 12 lessons, and covers enough stuff to build a real app – a code snippet library (A bit like pastie or github gists). I’ll be maning the course forums and answering any questions you have, and will appear online via video link up for some live Q&A sessions in the next couple of weeks.

If you are still using PHP, or have been meaning to learn Rails for a while, then go and sign up – it’s only $19.95 (Bargin!).

The only real pre-requisite is a basic grasp of programming – if you understand if statements, for loops and variables, you should be fine. Serious. Go now. It’s awesome. But don’t just believe me, listen to this talking headshot video of me:


Rails Training is starting a week later

Due to a scheduling clash with us and the State government (There was a public holiday we forgot about), the start of Rails Training 1 has been pushed back a week. It now starts on Monday 8th and Thursday 11th respectively.

There are still spots left! Go and register. I’ll wait.

Learn Ruby on Rails

Alex Pooley (from Brown Beagle Software, and fellow 220er and Rails guy) are running some Ruby on Rails training sessions in March.

It will be an intensive primer designed to get web developers who work in PHP, or .Net up-to-speed in Rails in about four classes. We will cover Ruby, Rails and unit testing as well as deployment.

The classes cost $220, with one stream running on Monday 1st-22nd March 2010 and the other Thursday 4th-25th March 2010. So if you have been meaning to look at Rails, but haven’t had the time, then this could be perfect for you!

Head over to  http://railstraining.in and sign up!