IMPORTANT SCHEDULING NOTE:
The first class will be postponed by one week, and will be held on Friday, April 8.
A required makeup class session will be held on Saturday, April 16, from 1:30pm - 4:30pm.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
We will use the Ruby language and the Rails framework to immerse students into the challenge of building a live, database-backed web application deployed at a public web address.
Specifically, students will learn how to:
- Build a live website or web application and deploy it to the public internet
- Use the Ruby on Rails framework to rapidly build a web application
- Write software using the Ruby programming language
- Use a relational database to provide content for dynamic websites
- Follow industry best-practices of modern web software development
- Troubleshoot and resolve the most common problems with web applications
- Essentials of the Ruby programming language
- Essentials of the Rails framework
- Front-end frameworks such as jQuery and Bootstrap
- MVC architecture principles
- Domain modeling and its role in web application development
- Agile and "extreme programming" practices
- Secure user authentication and authorization
Students will be expected to complete:
- Weekly homework (likely for the first four weeks) (20%)
- Midterm around week 6 (30%)
- Final project due by the end of the course (50%)
Projects are chosen from a provided list of "project templates." Students can propose a personal project subject to approval and equivalence with the standard project requirements.
Students will need a laptop that can run the Ruby on Rails framework, specifically: a Mac running OS X 10.9 (Mavericks) or newer; Windows 7 or newer; or a recent Linux installation. Students will be provided with specific instructions on how to install the Ruby on Rails before the quarter begins.