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  • 15 Courses Completed
  • 78 Levels Completed
  • 19 Screencasts Watched
  • 176,800 Total Points

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HTML/CSS: 1 Course Completed

  • HTML5

    Learn about the new tags in HTML5

  • CSS3

    Review the new properties in CSS3

  • Header & Navigation

    Build a functional header and navigation area

  • Content

    Develop the content sections of a site

  • Footer & Forms

    Learn about new form elements and build a functional footer

HTML/CSS: 2 Screencasts Watched

Ruby: 5 Courses Completed

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Rails for Zombies

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Try Ruby

Getting Started With Ruby on Rails

Learn the basic building blocks of Ruby, all in the browser.

  • All For One, One For All

    Get an introduction to numbers, Strings, properties, and methods.

  • There Are Always Two

    Learn about conversions, arrays, variables, and more methods.

  • Third Time's The Charm

    Review printing, brackets, and String manipulation.

  • Fourth and Short

    Take a shot at method chaining, hashes, keys, and values.

  • The Highest of Fives

    Study up on blocks, directories, and method arguments.

  • Sixth Sense

    Start building methods, libraries, popups, and HTML with Ruby.

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Ruby Bits

Ruby Language

Learn the core bits every Ruby programmer should know. This Ruby tutorial builds upon the basics to keep enhancing your Ruby knowledge.

  • Expressions

    An overview of best practices for writing expressions in Ruby

  • Methods and Classes

    passing optional arguments, raising exceptions, using begin/rescue/end, attr_accessor vs. attr_reader

  • Classes

    Encapsulation, instance & private methods, inheritance, and refactoring

  • ActiveSupport

    Helpers that are built on top of the Ruby Language (arrays, dates, hashes, numbers, and strings

  • Modules

    Namespacing methods, Mixins vs. class inheritance, method hooks, ActiveSupport::Concern

  • Blocks

    Iterating and yielding, passing arguments, returning variables, Enumerable, and refactoring

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Rails for Zombies Redux

Getting Started With Ruby on Rails

Learn Ruby on Rails, an open-source framework for the Ruby programming language. Rails for Zombies will teach you all the Rails basics with a zombie flair.

  • Deep in the Crud

    How we work with a database in Rails by using Create, Read, Update, and Destroy (CRUD).

  • Models Taste Like Chicken

    We'll learn about ActiveRecord models, validations, and relationships.

  • The Views Ain't Always Pretty

    Get experience linking between views, using conditionals, and how to lookup documentation on common view helpers.

  • Controllers Must Be Eaten

    Sitting between our Models and Views are the Controllers, which use instance variables to keep our code organized.

  • Routing Into Darkness

    Learn how to direct requests to your app to the correct controller actions.

  • Test Unit

    Testing philosophies, overview of Test Unit, TDD (Test Driven Development), and using assertions

  • Model Testing

    Preparing the database, running tests, using fixtures, and testing relationships

  • Cleaning it up

    Writing custom assertions, using Test Helper, and introducing Shoulda

  • Mocks and Stubs

    Understanding and using mocks and stubs with Mocha

  • Integration Tests

    Rails integration commands, integration testing with Capybara, and writing and using helper methods

  • Using Factories

    Creating factories, adding associations between factories, and implementing factories in your tests

Ruby: 2 Screencasts Watched

JavaScript: 7 Courses Completed

  • Warming Up

    Learn how to create an Ember application, set up your first Handlebars template, and meet the Ember Router.

  • Rendering the Flame

    Expand on Handlebars with Helpers and learn how Ember Controllers can provide data for your templates.

  • A Route Through the Woods

    Start using resource routes, dynamic segments in your URLs and finish off with nested routes.

  • Acorn Models and Pinecone Data

    We'll show how to use Ember Data to create related models using the Fixture Adapter and the REST Adapter.

  • Controlling Our Growth

    Dig deeper into ArrayControllers, computed properties and the advantages of nesting your controllers.

  • The Template Forest

    Use Ember Components, partials and the Embers Render method to keep your Templates organized.

  • Acting on Instinct

    Put the pieces together then learn how to react to user events.

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JavaScript Road Trip Part 1

JavaScript Language

An introduction to the very basics of the JavaScript language. Build a foundation of JavaScript syntax and learn how to use values, variables, and files.

  • The Cliffs of Value

    Learn to manipulate values on the console.

  • Variable Valley

    Review how to store and use data with variables.

  • Files Falls

    Create JS files and source them within HTML code.

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JavaScript Road Trip Part 2

JavaScript Language

A continued introduction to the very basics of the JavaScript language. Learn common programming mechanisms like loops, conditionals, functions, and arrays.

  • The Labyrinth of Loops

    Understand and build loops for repeated code with 'while' and 'for' syntax.

  • Conditional Canyon

    Use conditions to execute different branches of code with if-else blocks.

  • Built-In's Bluff

    Learn to use the basic JavaScript dialog box functions 'prompt', 'alert', and 'confirm'.

  • The Desert of Declarations

    Understand functions and building custom functionality.

  • The Array Archipelago

    Learn to build and manipulate the array data structure.

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JavaScript Road Trip Part 3

JavaScript Language

Continue building intermediate skills within the JavaScript web programming language. Master function expressions, closures, hoisting, objects, and the use of prototypes.

  • Forest of Function Expressions

    Learn how to use and manipulate functions as expressions.

  • Cold Closures Cove

    Explore the binding of external variables into local scopes.

  • Hoisting Hills

    Build an awareness of the pitfalls of load order within a scope.

  • Ocean of Objects

    Create, fill, and manipulate the generic JavaScript object literal.

  • Plains of Prototypes

    Using the magic of object inheritance, explore classes, constructors, prototypes, and properties.

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Real-time Web with Node.js

Server-side Frameworks

Discover how the Node framework can help you write server-side code and build lightweight, scalable network applications.

  • Intro to Node.js

    An overview of Node.js, blocking vs. non-blocking code, reading files, issuing requests

  • Events

    Event emitters, event requests, event listening

  • Streams

    Reading, writing, piping, solving backpressure

  • Modules

    Exporting, npm installing, dependencies, and semantic versioning

  • Express

    Routes, rendering, layouts, url building, express servers

  • Socket.io

    Listening for, broadcasting, and answering questions, saving client data

  • Persisting Data

    Redis, working with lists, persisting, emitting, and limiting questions

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Building Blocks of Express.js

Server-side Frameworks

Express provides more robust features to your web application. Learn how to build Web APIs in Node using Express.

  • First Steps

    Installing Express and building some first routes.

  • Middleware

    Understanding middleware and building a custom logger.

  • User Params

    Reading user-submitted parameters.

  • Body Parser

    Adding routes for creating and deleting resources.

  • Refactoring Routes

    Using route instances and extracting code to route files.

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ES2015: The Shape of JavaScript to Come

JavaScript Language

Stay in tune and learn some of the new features of ES2015, the most extensive update to the JavaScript language since it was first released in the '90s.

  • Declarations

    Learn about the new types of variable declarations and how they can help with some well-known JavaScript gotchas.

  • Functions

    Explore new features added to functions, like default parameters, rest parameters, spread operators, and arrow functions.

  • Objects, Strings, and Object.assign

    Find new ways to work with JavaScript Objects and Strings.

  • Arrays, Maps, and Sets

    Learn how to work with Arrays and more efficient alternatives to working with collections, like Maps and Sets.

  • Classes and Modules

    Discover how to write object-oriented code using the new class syntax and how to leverage the new module system to keep things clean and organized.

  • Promises, Iterators, and Generators

    Learn alternatives to writing async code, iterator objects for navigating sequences more efficiently, and special functions that return those objects.

JavaScript: 7 Screencasts Watched

Database: 1 Course Completed

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The Magical Marvels of MongoDB

NoSQL

MongoDB acts as the database that stores data for your application. Explore the basics and learn to store data in a document-oriented database.

  • Conjuring MongoDB

    Capture the mystical basics of MongoDB and try your hand at inserting and finding documents.

  • Mystical Modifications

    ​Learn the lore behind performing updates and transform your data.

  • Materializing Potions

    Dig deep into the spell book to learn how to conjure and customize queries.

  • Morphing Models

    Summon the wisdom to guide you in your journey of modeling data.

  • Aggregation Apparitions

    ​Explore the realm of aggregations to see how data can be combined in miraculous ways.

Elixir: 1 Course Completed

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Try Elixir

Getting Started With Elixir

Begin learning the basics of Elixir and take your first steps into the world of functional programming.

  • Modules & Functions

    Get started in the world of functional programming with Elixir by learning how to work with named functions.

  • The Pipe Operator

    Learn how to refactor nested function calls into an easier syntax by using the pipe operator.

  • Pattern Matching

    Explore how pattern matching works and how we can use it to remove if statements from our programs.