Project based learning is the most effective type of learning.
Whether you're learning to code to become a web developer, or just looking to prototype your MVP, we believe working on projects is the most effective way to learn. Instead of being taught theory, you’ll learn by building working applications. You understand the big picture concepts before filling in the details. You learn to build apps the way developers do — one feature at a time.
Most people feel demotivated when they take traditional programming classes, but with our course, you’ll make rapid progress on your projects so you always stay engaged. Along the way, you learn in-demand tech skills through practice and solving problems with available resources, not through brute memorization.
Our course walks you through building four comprehensive web applications you will launch live on the web including:
1) A restaurant review site for people to browse and rate local eateries:
Admin users can add new restaurants while signed in users can leave star ratings with a review. Anyone can search through the listings index for specific restaurants.
2) A two-sided marketplace for buyers and sellers:
Sellers will be able to upload listings with images, manage their inventory through a dashboard, and charge credit cards with the Stripe API. You'll learn how to take a small percentage cut of each transaction and transfer payments to your sellers.
3) A web scraper to collect data:
Access a webpage's HTML and identify proper selectors for parsing through data. Write a script in the Ruby programming language to scrape Wikipedia and Airbnb and export the information into a database.
4) Apartment Rental Site like Craigslist:
Gather data through an API and use that data to build a custom Ruby on Rails web app. You'll write a script in the Ruby programming language to collect and process the data you receive, then save the information to a database, and build a front-end interface for users to interact with it. By the end of the course, you'll have learned to automate the data collection process and have an app that's live on Heroku.
5) Bonus Feature videos:
Learn how to code your site in multiple lanugages, add social media features, and more with a series of bonus features to feature customize your app.
Web development topics covered:
Web scraping topics covered:
By the end of this course, your web applications will be ready for real users and you can start collecting payments through Stripe immediately. You'll have the skills, experience, and portfolio to get a job as a web developer or build out any idea of your own.
[Note: This is the BaseRails bundler pack of four projects included in this one course. You may start with any project as each course is self-contained.]
Install the latest versions of Ruby on Rails, Xcode, iTerm2, Homebrew, Git, and Sublime Text on your Mac computer. Set up a shortcut to launch Sublime Text from your terminal.
Install the latest versions of Ruby on Rails and Sublime Text on your computer. Launch your terminal with Git Bash and set up a shortcut to launch Sublime Text from your command line.
Learn common terminal commands and create a new app Rails. Launch your Rails server and explore localhost:3000 to see your new app.
Generate a Pages controller in Rails and create an "About" and "Contact" page for your app. Add content to your pages with HTML
Add links for the "About" and "Contact" URLs and learn how to create links to external sites. Organize common code into a single location in the Application Layout file to decrease code redundancy.
Learn the three-step process for generating migration in Rails. Create a Restaurants database with name, address, phone, and website fields.
Replace the default Rails homepage with the Restaurant Index page that you generated. Use 'rake routes' to find which routes to use for existing URLs.
Install a front-end tool called Bootstrap through the Bootstrap CDN method. Add the table class to the Restaurant Index page and layer additional options on top.
Learn to work with Bootstrap by reading the documentation on their site. Use Bootstrap to add a navigation bar and add the "About" and "Contact" links.
It's best practice to simplify code files for readability and debugging. Learn how partials and embedded Ruby work to create a navbar, footer, and Bootstrap partial to store our code.
Use Bootstrap classes with embedded Ruby code to add better spacing and design to our Restaurant forms. Wrap your pages in a fluid-container for a responsive layout.
Save your code using a version control system called Git, then create a new Github account to save your code online in a repository. Generate a new SSH key to authenticate your account on your computer.
Learn how to commit and push your code to Github. Start by creating a new repository on Github for your app. Learn the four commands you need to run each time you save your code to Github.
Learn how to launch your app live on the web by hosting it for free on Heroku. Set up Heroku for the production and development environments on your computer and launch your app live on the web for the first time.
Add images to your Restaurants pages with the Carrierwave gem. Add a new column to your Restaurants database to store images and a file_field helper to upload images in your New Restaurant form. Use strong parameters to tell Rails that your image form field is safe.
Use the Fog gem to link Carrierwave with Amazon S3, where we'll set up image hosting service to people can see your images live on the web. Store localhost images on your local computer and Heroku images on Amazon S3.
Use the Figaro gem to pass your confidential Amazon S3 account information to Heroku without having it show up on GitHub for anyone to see.
Install ImageMagick and MiniMagick to use Carrierwave options to resize your images to a preset thumbnail width and height.
Create a homepage banner with Bootstrap's jumbotron class. Add a custom.css.scss file to write CSS code to format the background-color, border, and font inside the banner. Learn to use Google Chrome extensions to find specific web colors.
Use CSS to format the background color, links, and logo in the navigation bar. Use the padding property to push out some area around the content.
Download and save a static image to your Amazon S3 account and use Ruby code to embed it to your homepage.
Install and set up a popular gem called Devise to give our app the ability to have multiple user accounts. Verify that it works by signing up with an email and password.
Convert the HTML links into embedded Ruby with the link_to Rails helper. Learn to use the command 'rake routes' to find which routes to use for creating new URLs. Add the "Sign up", "Sign in", and "Sign out" links to our navigation bar. Learn how to add conditional links so different users see different links depending on whether they are signed in or not.
Improve the look and feel of the Devise forms for signing in and signing up. Use Bootstrap to add sleek buttons to the forms.
Add some custom Ruby and jQuery code to customize the Devise alert and error messages when users don't fill in the form properly. Use iQuery to add a close button to the messages.
Create a Reviews database by understand how the 'Rails generate scaffold' command works and how Creating, Reading, Updating, and Deleting (CRUD) are the available four actions for any resource. Get a sense for how Models Views Controller works for the Reviews database.
Generate a migration to add a new column in the Reviews database to track the User ID that each Review belongs to. Tell Rails how the Users and Reviews databases are linked.
Learn how to use the Rails Console to assign a User for every Review in the database. Modify existing localhost and Heroku data.
Customize the default scaffold URLs to include only the ones that you need. Delete the View pages, disable routes that point to those URLs, and redirect your links to different pages.
Generate a migration to add a new column in the Reviews database to track the Restaurant ID that each Review belongs to. Tell Rails how the Restaurants and Reviews databases are linked. Nest the Restaurant ID in the URL and use Rails Console to figure out specific Restaurant IDs on Heroku.
Use 'rake routes' to create proper links for each individual restaurant, the 'Edit Review' page, and a "Write a Review" link.
Display the specific reviews for each Restaurant on its own page. Use Bootstrap's grid layout to format the page into two columns.
Download and set up the jQuery Raty plugin to convert numerical ratings to star ratings.
Calculate an average star rating for each Restaurant and display it on the Restaurant's Show page along with the total number of reviews written. For each Review written, turn raw text into HTML and display the reviews in reverse chronological order.
Alex graduated from Harvard with a degree in Applied Math and spent two years at the Boston Consulting Group in New York.
He was always interested in the tech space and eventually decided to quit his job to become an entrepreneur. He taught himself to code to prototype his business ideas, but the process of wading through coding exercises, one-off videos, and programming books was slow and ineffective.
He created this course to save others the time and hassle he went through when learning to build web apps. Currently, he works on BaseRails and develops curriculum for Codecademy to teach little kids how to program.