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:
- Ruby on Rails
- HTML and CSS
- Stripe API
- Google Maps API
- Git and Github
Web scraping topics covered:
- Data scraping
- CSV databases
- Data analysis
- Data scraping
- Data cleaning
- Parsing data files
- CSV databases
- Script automation
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.]
What are the requirements?
- Specific software will be introduced in the course along with installation and setup instructions.
- All software used in this course is open sourced and free.
- No prior experience needed
What am I going to get from this course?
- Prototype any MVP for a web app
- Install and setup Ruby on Rails
- Create new web applications in Ruby on Rails and launch it live on the web
- Scrape data from any website and store it in a database
- Write Ruby scripts to automate tasks
- Parse, clean, and analyze data
- Read technical documentation including Ruby gems and web tools
- Master Github and Heroku
- Learn to work and code in the command line
- Add Google Maps integration with API
- Work within the Rails console to manipulate data
- Add online payments and bank transfers using the Stripe API
- Host images with Amazon S3 or Dropbox and embed images on any site
- Implement multiple types of user accounts and login
What is the target audience?
- This course is for entreprenurial-minded people who want to learn to build web applications for their ideas.
- This course is for people who want to learn Ruby on Rails for building web applications.
- This course is for data enthusiasts who want a general introduction into using Ruby and APIs to scrape data on the web and build a web application around real time data.
- This course is for hackers who want to learn to prototype MVPs of any idea quickly and effectively.
- This course is for anyone working in technology who wants to know how products are built.
- This course is for people who want a project-based approach to learning how to code.
- This course is for people who want to code an online marketplace, an apartment rental site, or a reviews site.
- This course in NOT for you if you want to become a software engineer and learn programming syntax and theory from the ground up.