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This site is maintained by RailsBridge volunteers. If you find something that could be improved, please make a pull request or drop us a note via GitHub Issues (no technical knowledge required).

Setup

Installfest

Instructions for installing Ruby and Rails on your computer. You are required to do this before going to a Rails workshop!

Rails

Intro To Rails

The "classic" RailsBridge curriculum (Suggestotron). Takes you step-by-step through making a Rails app, one command at a time, using helpers like rails generate scaffold, and deploying that app to the Internet.

Job Board

Build a simple job board from scratch with a little less of the magic of Rails scaffolding. This curriculum is great for a second or third RailsBridge attendee or for students who want to focus on how the app is wired together. (This curriculum doesn't include deploying to the Internet.)

Intermediate Rails

Curriculum for students who have completed the Suggestotron and the Job Board curricula. 'Easy mode' is now OFF - this curriculum won't tell you what to type in!

Frontend

Frontend

HTML + CSS for beginners. Make a website, no server required!

Intro To Javascript

A Javascript specific curriculum that walks you through building a simple game.

Ruby

Learn To Code

A course which teaches how to code from the ground up, using Alex's Learn To Code In Ruby curriculum. It's geared towards people who may never have written code before and teaches just enough Ruby to get across basic principles like variables, objects, and the command line.

Ruby

A ruby-specific curriculum, expanded from the "Ruby for Beginners" slide deck. Still new, with room for your contributions.

Other

Workshop

The Railsbridge junkyard! Slide decks for opening/closing presentations, teacher training.

RailsBridge curriculum-related FAQ

Can I use the RailsBridge curricula at my event?

Anyone can use this site! It's under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY, specifically), which means you're welcome to share, remix, or use our content commercially. We just ask for attribution.

Slightly different: if you're organizing an event and wonder if it could be considered a RailsBridge Workshop, we have two requirements:

  • The event should be free of charge.
  • The event should target a group of people that is underrepresented in tech, such as LGBTQ folks, women, black or latin@ people, or others.

If you're not doing those two things, you can totally still use the site, we just ask that you not call your event a RailsBridge workshop. (Charity workshops have used "Rails Workshop featuring the RailsBridge curriculum" in the past, which is neat.)

I want to help, but I don't know how.

First, make a GitHub account. Then, create an issue with the idea you have. We'll help you turn it into reality (assuming it's in line with our lofty goals :D).

Don't know what you could work on? Browse the issues list and the To Do list. Those have lots of ideas.

I have a different question about RailsBridge.

The RailsBridge website probably has an answer!