Build a Photo Blog with Ruby on Rails

Learn how to build a robust Ruby on Rails photo uploading and management application in this project based course.
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  • Lectures 21
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

In this intermediate Ruby on Rails development course you will learn how to create a rails application from scratch and implement all of the code necessary for creating a photo uploading feature for a blog. This includes: creating and scaffolding the rails application with full CRUD functionality, building out the upload configuration files and dynamic sizing methods, connecting to the Amazon S3 CDN server for both uploading and downloading files for the application, building out the view files in the application to render the images, and much more. At the end I've also included an introduction to RSpec testing and how to integrate it into the application.

The frameworks, systems, and libraries you will learn how to use in this course are:

  • Ruby on Rails, version 4.2
  • Carrierwave for file upload processing
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) CDN API for storing and retrieving image files
  • Figaro for secure credential management
  • Fog for AWS API connections
  • Rspec for automated testing
  • MiniMagick for dynamically manipulating file sizes
  • ActiveRecord for managing database migrations and queries
  • And the processes associated with building a real Ruby on Rails web application!
By the end of this course you will be able to create a fully functional image uploading application, you can either extend it's functionality to turn it into something that fits your needs, or leverage the processes to include photo uploading and management into your own applications.
All of the source code for the working application is available for students to review and use.
Finally, it's my goal that all students are able to get through the course successfully, and I therefore check the course message board daily and assist students through any parts of the course.

What are the requirements?

  • Basic understanding of the Ruby on Rails framework
  • Have Ruby on Rails setup on their systems

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Learn how to build a Ruby on Rails photo uploading application
  • Learn how to work with the Amazon Web Services (AWS) API
  • Fully scaffold a blog application
  • Learn skills such as dynamic image sizing
  • Build applications with a MVC (model, view, controller) structure
  • Gain an introductory level of experience with RSpec testing
  • Work with the Postgres database

Who is the target audience?

  • This Ruby on Rails course is meant for developers with a basic level of Ruby on Rails experience, this is an intermediate level course.

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Application Creation
Creating the Rails Application
Reviewing the File Setup in the Application
Setting up the application's Model, Views, and Controller
Working with the Rails Console
Integrating Validations for Data Integrity
Setting up the homepage in the route's file
Section 2: Integrate photo uploading processes
Gems for image uploading and connecting to the AWS API
Creating the Carrierwave Upload Generator File
Configuring the file upload parameters with custom resize methods
Integrating the photo upload process into the model
Setting up Figaro for secure environment variable management
Section 3: Connecting to the AWS CDN
Creating AWS Buckets on the CDN server
Integrating a connector to the AWS API with Fog
Section 4: Integrating photo uploading and rendering
Integrating the file upload field into the view form
Rendering images from the server onto the web application
Integrating photo rendering on the homepage
Making images clickable
Section 5: Introduction to Rspec Testing
RSpec Setup and Installation
Creating the User Model
Creating and Running User Validation Tests
Integrating Length Validations and Running in Documentation Mode

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Instructor Biography

Jordan Hudgens, CTO at devCamp

Jordan Hudgens is the CTO and Founder of DevCamp where he leads instruction and curriculum development for all of the DevCamp and Bottega code schools around the US.

As a developer for over the past decade, Jordan has traveled the world building applications and training individuals on a wide variety of topics, including: Ruby development, big data analysis, and software engineering.

Jordan focuses on project driven education, as opposed to theory based development. This style of teaching is conducive to learning how to build real world products that adhere to industry best practices.

Additionally Jordan has published multiple books on programming and computer science, along with developing training curriculum for, devCamp, and AppDev on the topics of Ruby on Rails, Java, AngularJS, NoSQL, API development, and algorithms.

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