Ruby on Rails, Part 1 of 5: Intro to Development

Ruby on Rails, Part 1 of 5: Intro to Development

LearnNow Online
Updated Aug 23, 2018

Course description

In this course we will start creating a full featured web application using the Ruby on Rails framework, and in order to accomplish this we will be leveraging a number of tools in addition to Rails, such as RSpec for automated testing, Heroku for easily deploying to the Internet, and then GitHub for our version control management system. This section will conclude with us creating the app and pushing the code to a centralized Github repository, along with learning how to use the Unix terminal commands.

Each LearnNowOnline training course is made up of Modules (typically an hour in length). Within each module there are Topics (typically 15-30 minutes each) and Subtopics (typically 2-5 minutes each). There is a Post Exam for each Module that must be passed with a score of 70% or higher to successfully and fully complete the course.


This course teaches anyone who is interested in learning the basics of programming computers using Ruby on Rails. This course has no programming language prerequisites and only assumes basic familiarity with computer usage. Anyone with moderate computer end-user experience should be able to take this course.

Meet the expert

Jordan Hudgens

Jordan Hudgens has certifications for Ruby on Rails, Thinkful; Ruby on Rails,; Front End Development, Thinkful; and AngularJS, Thinkful. He is currently vice president of engineering for TRACKR in Midland, Texas and is working on his PhD in Computer Science from Texas Tech. In addition to Ruby, Jordan works with PHP, JavaScript, MySQL, Postgres, CSS3, C, C++, C#, Objective-C, and Python. He also works with the frameworks Rails (Ruby), Zend (PHP), and Django (Python), plus the libraries AngularJS, jQuery, and Backbone.js.

Video Runtime

64 Minutes

Time to complete

180 Minutes

Course Outline

Intro to Development

Environment (15:06)

  • Introduction (00:18)
  • Environment (03:34)
  • Demo: Environment Setup (03:23)
  • Demo: Navigate Around Nitrous (04:48)
  • Demo: More Menu Items (02:48)
  • Summary (00:13)

Tools We Will Use (24:11)

  • Introduction (00:24)
  • Ruby on Rails (04:37)
  • Ruby Programming Language (03:39)
  • RSpec (03:56)
  • Heroku (01:58)
  • GitHub (02:56)
  • Demo: Rails Framework Site (01:11)
  • Demo: Ruby Site (01:36)
  • Demo: RSpec Site (00:40)
  • Demo: GitHub Site (01:40)
  • Demo: Heroku (01:03)
  • Summary (00:25)

App Creation (25:14)

  • Introduction (00:18)
  • App Creation Setup (06:17)
  • Demo: Server Creation (04:39)
  • Demo: Create Git Repository (05:05)
  • Demo:Push to Repository (04:28)
  • Demo: Push to Repository (cont.) (04:08)
  • Summary (00:16)