Learn how to make your own web site, social network, or online business completely from scratch! No prior coding experience necessary.
Together we will walk through the entire process of building a web application using the Ruby on Rails framework and writing code in the Ruby, HTML, and CSS languages. Ruby on Rails is very beginner friendly and has been used in the development of some great tech startups such as Airbnb, Twitter, and Groupon, among many others. We will learn how to use Github to collaborate with other developers, Heroku to deploy our projects quickly and easily, and Stripe to process credit card payments. And we'll be using all of these great products without having to pay any extra fees or even provide our credit card information!
After taking this course you will be able to make software products that work great on desktop and mobile. Most importantly, you will have the confidence and direction to continue your learning far beyond this course, and the importance of this cannot be overstated in the ever-changing world of software development.
This class is for:
Reflecting on Making this Course
Making this course wasn't easy, but with the right help I did it! Learning the material isn't too difficult so long as you're not afraid to Google whatever questions or errors you have. I've found that when you're learning to code it's great to repeat a lesson two or three times, and then you will have a good understanding of the concept and maybe you'll just have to look up some of the syntax.
I'm definitely not proclaiming myself as an engineer, but I did make a cool app! The hardest part was making the Udemy videos. I had to repeatedly redo some of my first attempts since I wanted to be clear and to the point, but I eventually got a handle of my notes and it worked out. Thanks to Steph and everyone else for all the support, and students of this course will enjoy a continuous rollout of new lessons!
Together we'll work for a few minutes with the Terminal Application that we'll be using for the entire course. I'm using a Mac, but it's no problem if you're on a PC although you will probably have to skip to the next lecture to get going with your computer's environment.
We will prepare ourselves for this course by reviewing about game plan and learning how we can prepare our computer environments.
With a text editor that we downloaded from the internet(at no extra cost) we'll write a little Ruby and test it using our Terminal.
At first Git can be a tad confusing, but with a little practice it's easy to use and even easier to appreciate.
Here we generate a new Rails application, and run it locally.
Begin our Rails development workflow properly.
Where to start analyzing our new application? The Gem File is as good a place as any to start. Learn how Gems make application development easier.
It's essential that our app have a responsive design from the start so that it's pages look great on desktops, mobile phones, and all devices. Bootstrap makes it easy.
We'll learn how we can make a landing page for our application.
By writing some CSS and HTML, we make the pages on our app informative and beautiful.
With a little bit of knowledge and the right tools, we can make our pages look great on phones, tablets, and desktops.
Put the code on our computer online in just a few quick and easy steps.
Let's review how easy it is to get online, and to add Heroku resources to make the most of our internet success.
Together we'll find out how a little CSS goes a long way.
Together we'll find out how a little HTML and Bootstrap goes a long way.
The world of coding is one of collaboration and helping others. Legal and other considerations await.
Understand the process of adding a new View with its corresponding Route and Controller function.
Together we'll learn the amazing Rails way for links and bottons.
Just because we might want our code to be an open source project to share with others doesn't mean we don't have secrets. When dealing with other peoples' credit cards we have to know how to keep some things private.
Together we'll go through the entire process of implementing Stripe's Checkout so that our app can take credit card payments. Money has never been so easy to make.
Stripe, and it's secrets have to be put onto Heroku.
We made money with Stripe so quickly that we need to take a few minutes to review things.
Now that we have a great app that takes credit card payments and is deployed online, we'll plan for moving forward with creating a database and allowing people to sign up for an account.
Anyone can clone any project from Github, and start coding right where the other person left off.
We'll right code generates and migrates a database table for Posts that guests can leave on our application.
We'll create a view with a form that guests can fill out to leave a Post on our application. This post will be saved on our database so that we can access it later.
Read the database entries that are left on our app after guests write Posts, and then render the Post content on our views.
Take the data that is saved when a guest makes a post, and render it on any view we choose.
Make an individual page for each Post entry that a guest adds to our database. This page can display whatever details we've saved regarding a Post.
Write code on the Post model file to require certain functionality when a Post is entered into the database by a guest.
Use Devise's powerful authentication suite in our app which allows for guests to sign up for an account just like in any proper social network.
Add features that our signed up Users would expect. Users demand the ability to easily sign in, sign out, edit their profile, and retrieve their password.
Implement database associations that allows us to tie our signed in Users to the actions they take on our app, such as writing Posts.
Write the proper code to allow our signed up Users to delete their Posts while also not being able to mess with the Posts of other people.
Let's review our Model-View-Controller application that we have built thus far, and consider some great resources for mastering the principles of building an app the Rails way.
In addition to traveling and enjoying the outdoors, I like trying new things and undertaking new challenges. I am not an engineer, but I find myself here on Udemy since I was challenged to learn something new and then teach it to others. I have also worked as an actress, television personality, and model. I was Playboy Playmate of the Year 2007 and I'm the proud guardian of a wonderful cat!
I have been a graphic designer for several years and am always working with Illustrator and Photoshop. In 2014 I began building simple sites with WordPress and shortly thereafter I started to study Ruby on Rails among other things. When I'm not on the computer I enjoy running and partaking in races around Chicago, reading, and spending time with my cat.