August 24, 2011
Last week, our fantastically talented Web Developer, Nick Pyett embarked upon the ultimate, intensive three day development course; the "Ruby & Rails Bootcamp". A fast paced, three-day course, it teaches web developers how to build websites in the Ruby on Rails web application framework, the same framework used by Twitter and Groupon.
The course was held by the Omniversity of Manchester and hosted by MadLab, a not for profit organisation providing a workspace in the heart of Manchester for local creatives. Courses are delivered by industry experts with hands on experience, knowledge of developing projects and start-ups – so they really know what they're talking about.
Ruby on Rails is one of the most modern, actively developed and well-liked frameworks about. It's certainly something HGA would consider to use in the future taking into account the speed at which sites can be prototyped, tested and built.
Teaching the course were two Manchester based Ruby developers Tekin Suleyman and Ric Roberts. Offering a first-hand insight of working with Ruby in a production environment, their knowledge of the subject was evident from the off - not to mention their passion and enthusiasm.
Nick began the course with minimal knowledge and experience on the practical elements of Ruby and left having created a basic, yet fully functional web app. The functionality of the App itself was not dissimilar to the recent work our Digital Team created for Zenos. Although unpolished, the app was a great representation of the invaluable experience Nick gained from the course.
Needless to say, Nick thoroughly enjoyed the course; particularly the community based feel and would highly recommend it to any fellow creatives.
Have you ever attended MadLab, or is there a similar organisation in your area? Let us know in the comments below.
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