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Learn Ruby on Rails: books and courses 2017

Learn Ruby on Rails: books and courses 2017
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A plethora of resources available on the web for RoR freshmen. However, it’s complicated to find the one proper book or course to start with. We collected the best materials to get you off the ground and get started with Ruby on Rails. Let’s learn Ruby on Rails: books and courses 2017! 

With no additional talks, we put down the lists. (The important update for those who just started Ruby – Ruby for beginners guide is here to help you!)


These books will help you to learn the ropes:

    1. Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn web development with Rails
      It was rated as the best book for the beginners in 2017. It starts at the very basics of Rails development: setting up the environment and proceed all the way to building real applications. With this book you will learn how to use Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern and combine it with REST architecture to structure it. Also book focuses on Test Driven Development (TDD) to test your Rails code properly. This book is updated with all the changes made in Rails 5, so you have no worries about if the code examples are valid or not.
    2. Rails, Angular, Postgres, and Bootstrap: Powerful, Effective, Efficient, Full-Stack Web Development
      This book will teach you fullstack of web development with Rails 5: style with Bootstrap, build an interactive user interface with AngularJS 4, store data in PostgreSQL. This book covers Postgres 9.5, Rails 5, and Ruby 2.3. You should have some experience with basic Rails concepts and a cursory understanding of JavaScript, CSS, and SQL, but by no means need to be an expert. You’ll learn how to install Postgres on your computer or use a free version of it in the cloud.
    3. Agile Web Development with Rails 5
      This is a step-by-step tutorial to Rails 5 and Ruby 2.2. will teach you everything you need to get started with Rails 5. Rails Beginner to intermediate developers will find this book very helpful to learn from. It brings many improvements, including new APIs and substantial performance enhancements.
    4. Back to the Rails 4: The Rails 4 Way
      This is the 3rd edition of the book considered to be the “Bible” for Rails Development. Now it fully updated for Rails 4.1. Here you will learn from the best Rails code examples, helping you dive deep into the Rails 4.
    5. The Well-Grounded Rubyist
      The Well-Grounded Rubyist is a beautiful guide to the Ruby language that will teach you all you need to know. It focuses on concepts such as keywords, enumerators, etc. Book is great for both beginners and people who have used Ruby for a while.
    6. Effective Ruby: 48 Specific Ways to Write Better Ruby
      As you could guess from the name, the book consists of 48 tips & tricks that will make your Ruby code better. This is a very practical book that will improve your code by making it more maintainable and robust. Practical testing, avoiding dependency issues and many other problems everyday Ruby developers face are all tackled in these tips. The book is filled with code examples that show and explain how to use these tips & tricks.
    7. The Ruby Way
      The 3rd edition of The Ruby Way: Solutions and Techniques in Ruby Programming are packed with over hundreds of examples in a question & answer format. The highly detailed answers walk you through why and how to use that particular solution. Everything and anything related to Ruby is handled here. You can compare this book to a Ruby encyclopedia as far as it is organized by topic making it easy to find whatever Ruby related thing you are looking for. The book is for intermediate or above level Ruby developers because beginners could be overwhelmed by the size and amount of information.

By the way, about one year ago we published our first article about useful books 15 must read books for web developers. Check it out also.

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When talking about online courses: Udemy, Udacity, edX, Coursera, Harvard, Stanford, MIT – you can find a number of platforms that can provide you with quality courses. The only one problem is there are too many courses.

We will suggest you several we considered the best ones. And you to decide:

  1. Professional Ruby on Rails Developer with Rails 5
    This course is provided by Udemy. Professional Ruby on Rails Developer with Rails 5 by Rob Percival and Mashrur Hossain will take you from beginner to expert in Rails 5 in just 8 weeks. This Rails 5 tutorial focuses on Test Driven Development (TDD). Rails MVC (Models, Views, Controllers) structure is explained in-depth. You will make use of Rails Migrations with one-to-many and many-to-many associations at the database layer. The implementations will be done using ActiveRecord. Using ActionCable, you will build a real-time chatroom and comments. You will build automated test suite side-by-side with the app featuring model (unit) and feature (integration) tests. Not only Rails, you will also use Bootstrap for UI, Amazon Web Services and Gravatars. There are Rails videos, Rails lectures, Rails homework, Rails projects and Rails code challenges in this course. This Ruby on Rails 5 video course will help you earn the highest paying salary as a junior Ruby on Rails 5 developer in 2017.
  2. Comprehensive Ruby Programming
    This course by Jordan Hudgens will help you learn how to program in Ruby. This is a Ruby video tutorial will start from scratch and move to advanced coding techniques. You will learn how to use Ruby Regex (Regular Expressions), Ruby Gem libraries, Ruby Best practices, etc. Here you are also given an introduction to Ruby on Rails and Sinatra frameworks. 
  3. Agile Development Using Ruby on Rails – Basics
    This 6 weeks course is provided by edX. During this course you will learn: the Ruby programming language and Ruby on Rails MVC Framework; how to develop Software as a Service (SaaS) using Ruby on Rails and Agile Development; will learn to understand and apply fundamental programming techniques to the design, development, testing, and public cloud deployment of a SaaS application. Also you will see how modern programming language features can improve productivity and code maintainability.
  4. Become a Rails Developer
    These are the 6 courses start from the 14th of August on Coursera. They cover the fundamentals of web development with Ruby on Rails. You’ll learn everything you need to develop your own web application using Ruby on Rails, SQL and NoSQL databases, and HTML/CSS, and Javascript. The course will also touch on advanced topics such as security, services using HTTP/RESTful access patterns, and user access and user experience from multiple device platforms. In the final Capstone Project, you’ll apply your skills to develop a web application that hosts uploaded photos and displays them using a map.
  5. The Complete Ruby on Rails Developer Course
    This course will make you a professional Ruby on Rails developer. Here you will learn from comprehensive and intensive Rails 4 video series with almost 30 hours of video. You will see the examples on how to build Rails test suites by writing Unit, Functional and Integration tests. Course creators claim you will gain the knowledge and skills to be able even to apply for Ruby on Rails developer jobs.
  6. Ruby Programming for Beginners
    Ruby programming for beginners will help you learn Ruby programming the fast and easy way. This Ruby video course is packed with Ruby source code, Ruby sample files and Ruby examples. Your Ruby knowledge and skills will be tested with Ruby quizzes. Everything you learn will make you a great Rubyist. This is one of the best Ruby tutorials for beginners.

We did the hardest part. Now it’s your turn. Good luck!

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