Week 8 Ruby/Rails Q&A


This week, I finished the Rails for Zombies Redux course from Code School¬†which I really liked. I am currently working on the Ruby Bits course, also offered by Code School. I am planning on doing some more deployment to become more comfortable and familiar with Heroku, the Virtual Private Server I am currently using. I have deployed my bare bones Nesta CMS site, but somehow managed to lose the content in the process. I will begin using this platform once I resolve the issue, I’m sure that it is something simple that I just overlooked.¬†denniskeefe.herokuapp.com


Q. How can I manage my locally hosted rails projects more efficiently?

A. I recently learned about a really great tool called Anvil from my friend James. Anvil allows you to manage your local sites in an easy to use app. When you download Anvil, you will be prompted to install Pow also, which is the zero config rack server that does all the work for you. All your sites will be displayed in a small menubar and can be launched with a click. It’s nice to be able to fire up a local site in around 3 seconds, it saves time and works great!


Q. What mobile apps are available to help me learn ruby/rails?

A. I recently found an app called Ruby on Rails Commands by Brainscape. It displays flashcards with commands, when you tap to get the answer you are prompted to rate how well you knew the answer on a scale of 1-5. This helps to phase out commands you have learned and introduce you to new ones.

If you are new to ruby/rails or just find it interesting and would like to learn more, I would be glad to chat or Skype with you sometime, even if it’s just for 10-15 minutes. If you are a ruby/rails rockstar and would like to unload some knowledge on me, I would definitely be interested in a chat or Skype with you even if it’s just 10-15 minutes. I love learning new things and helping others learn to, so I think it would be great to connect with you.


If you have a question, email me at dennis@thecommongeek.com I would be glad to help in any way that I can.

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