Introduction to Ruby

Ruby Programming Language

The Introduction to Ruby training course provides a hands-on introduction to Ruby and the entire Ruby ecosystem designed specifically for engineers responsible for creating, running, and testing software developed in Ruby.

Introduction to Ruby begins with a high-level overview of the Ruby language and platform, and compares it to alternate platforms like Java and .NET. The course then progresses into a hands-on examination of the language and writing simple Ruby applications. With the core Ruby programming foundation laid, the course examines things like writing object-oriented Ruby, working with the built-in Ruby libraries and APIs, finding external libraries with Ruby Gems, and testing with Cucumber, Selenium, etc.

Introduction to Ruby can be combined with Introduction to Rails to create a Rails bootcamp.

Introduction to Ruby can be taught using either Ruby or JRuby.

Course Summary

Learn how to program in Ruby.
Web Developers and designers interested in learning Ruby.
Skill Level: 
Learning Style: 

Hands-on training is customized, instructor-led training with an in-depth presentation of a technology and its concepts, featuring such topics as Java, OOAD, and Open Source.

Hands On help
3 Days
Productivity Objectives: 
  • Describe the advantages / disadvantages / differences of Ruby compared to other languages
  • Implement a basic Ruby application
  • Understand the structure of the Rails framework
  • Implement a simple unit test using Ruby
  • Understand how to leverage Ruby in a continuous integration environment
Introduction to Ruby is part of the Ruby Training curriculum.

What You'll Learn

In the Introduction to Ruby training course you’ll learn:

  • What is Ruby
    • History
    • Versioning
    • Where is it used
    • Related technologies (jRuby)
    • Competitive landscape

  • Setting up Ruby
    • Downloading / installing Ruby on the Mac
    • Core Ruby configuration concepts
    • Working with TextMate
, RubyMine, or other IDE
  • Ruby Basics
    • Objects
    • Keywords
    • Comments, Variables, Functions, Blocks
    • Flow control operators

  • Developing with Ruby
    • Arrays
    • Classes
    • Exceptions

  • Working with Files
    • Creating and Writing to files
    • Reading from files
    • Deleting files

  • Introduction to Test::Unit
    • What is a unit test
    • Writing tests
    • Running tests with Rake

  • Introduction to Testing with Cucumber
    • What is Cucumber
    • Writing features
    • Running features in the browser with Selenium

  • Putting it all together
    • RubyGems
    • Using SVN or Git with your Ruby Projects
    • Testing (unit, functional, integration)
    • Debugging
    • Q/A

Meet Your Instructor

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Like many experts in similar fields, Daniel is an entrepreneur. Daniel founded Collective Idea in 2005, converting it from one man’s freelance projects into a thriving company with employees in multiple cities and states. He acts as Chief Technology Officer for Paper Hat Press, LLC and He writes and contributes to open-source projects, including Ruby on Rails. He frequently serves as a tech adviser for start-ups and companies. He even has a college degree, from Hope...

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Peter started programming before he learned how to use a keyboard properly, after messing around with a Commodore 64, BASIC, and a few cassette tapes.

Starting in the late 1990’s Peter became a passionate contributor to the open source community. As an active participant he has submitted bug fixes and new features to several projects and has released many of his own software packages as open source.

In 2006 Peter left upper management and became a freelance software...

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Reuven created one of the first 100 Web sites in the world just after
graduating from MIT’s computer science department. He opened Lerner
Consulting in 1995, and has been offering training services since
1996. Today, Reuven spends most of his time training programmers at
companies such as Apple, Autodesk, Cisco, EMC, HP, SANDisk, and VMWare
in four open-source technologies: Python, PostgreSQL, Git, and

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