Jeffrey Biles

jeffreyBiles

  • 23 Courses Completed
  • 141 Levels Completed
  • 26 Screencasts Watched
  • 324,750 Total Points

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Ruby: 8 Courses Completed

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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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Rails for Zombies

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Rails for Zombies 2

Getting Started With Ruby on Rails

Learn more Rails with this sequel to the infamous Rails for Zombies course. Increase your Ruby on Rails knowledge with even more zombie learning.

  • From the Ground Up

    Installing Rails, creating a Rails app, database migrations, the command line, Ruby 1.9 hash syntax, Bundler, database configuration

  • Models Still Taste Like Chicken

    Named scopes, callbacks, has_one, relationship options, using Includes, has_many :through

  • Rest In Pieces

    Revisiting URL helpers, forms & input helpers, understanding REST, nested resources, view partials, other view helpers

  • Asset Packaging and Mailing

    Sending attachments in mail, asset tags, using the Asset Pipeline, CoffeeScript, creating and sending mail, SCSS, using the JavaScript manifest

  • Rendering Extremities

    Custom RESTful routes, creating AJAX links, rendering custom JSON, AJAXified forms, controller rendering options, sending server JavaScript, using JSON data

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Rails Best Practices

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  • Controllers in Space

    Fat model/skinny controller, named scopes, scopes with lambda, default scopes, model creation scopes, skipping a filter

  • Controller Command

    Nested attributes, models without the database, using Presenters, rejecting SQL injection, Rails 3 responder syntax

  • Model Pitfalls

    Basic & compound indices, protecting your attributes, using default database values, using callbacks properly, improving validation, database seeding

  • Model Bert

    Optimizing n+1 queries, using counter_cache, batches of find_each, applying The Law of Demeter, using to_s and to_param in the model

  • Froggy Views

    Refactoring views, using helpers, rendering content with partials, handling empty strings, using content_for, meta yield

  • 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

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Testing with RSpec

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  • Introduction

    An overview of RSpecs basic syntax and installation.

  • Configuration & Matchers

    Setting up RSpec in a Ruby or Rails project and digging into some RSpec Matchers.

  • DRY Specs

    See how to organize your specs better making readability much easier.

  • Hooks & Tags

    Before hooks, shared examples and RSpecs use of metadata.

  • Mocks & Stubs

    A tour through how RSpec uses mocks and stubs.

  • Custom Matchers

    Walkthough the creation of a custom matcher from scratch.

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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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Ruby Bits Part 2

Ruby Language

Learn the more advanced bits every Ruby programmer should know. This advanced Ruby tutorial will help you take your Ruby knowledge to the next level.

  • Blocks, Procs & Lambdas

    An advanced look at code blocks and how to use procs and lambdas to encapsulate blocks of code

  • Dynamic Classes & Methods

    Techniques for defining, finding, and calling methods dynamically at runtime

  • Understanding Self

    A look at how Ruby uses the value of self and how to change self as your program executes

  • Missing Methods

    Using method_missing to capture, delegate, and respond to methods that don't exist

  • DSL Part 1

    A brief intro to writing Domain Specific Languages in Ruby

  • DSL Part 2

    More advanced tips and techniques for writing DSLs

Ruby: 4 Screencasts Watched

JavaScript: 7 Courses Completed

  • Just Enough JavaScript

    Creating variables, dialogs, object & string functions, number-related operations, working with arrays.

  • Take Off

    Downloading jQuery, minified Javascript, loading jQuery, the DOM & jQuery selection, nested elements, pseudo-classes & direct descendants.

  • View from 30,000 Feet

    Direct manipulation with CSS, manipulating multiple attributes, adding & removing classes, toggling classes, hiding & showing content.

  • Contents may shift

    Retrieving & setting text content with text(), querying & setting DOM with html(), manipulating DOM with append() & prepend(), creating peers with :before & :after, adding & removing nodes.

  • Fasten your Seatbelts

    Using document.ready, writing named functions, using click event listeners, keyboard events, animations, AJAX load()

  • Events

    HTML & Text value, HTML5 data attributes, click events, binding & unbinding events, using multiple click handlers, live vs. delegate

  • Ajax

    $.ajax, error handling & callbacks, aborting AJAX & timeouts, receiving and parsing JSON, using JSONP, sending form data

  • Effects

    Chaining effects & adjusting speed, animating with CSS, effect easing, using a queue, adding a delay, stopping an effect

  • Organization

    Each & Map utility functions, creating your own utility functions, creating plugins, encapsulating your code, custom events, jQuery templates

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CoffeeScript

CoffeeScript

Learn CoffeeScript, the powerful little language that compiles into JavaScript. Take a sip of our CoffeeScript tutorial & learn to get more done with less code.

  • Variables and Functions

    An overview of variables and functions

  • Applied jQuery

    Converting jQuery to CoffeeScript

  • Conditionals & Operators

    Conditionals, chained comparisons, switch cases, and existential operators

  • Arrays, Objects, Iterations

    Using arrays, object literals, loops, list comprehension, and splat arguments

  • Applied jQuery II

    Understanding and using jQuery object notation

  • Object Orientation

    Classes, class inheritance, property arguments

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Anatomy of Backbone.js

Client-side Frameworks

Learn Backbone.js and start building sophisticated and structured web apps. Try out Backbone’s JavaScript library with a RESTful JSON interface.

  • Introduction

    Learn the very basic of Models and Views.

  • Models

    More on Models, such as syncing to/from the server.

  • Views

    View events, templates, and customization.

  • Models & Views

    More on how Models and Views work together with event binding.

  • Collections

    Working with a set of models with Backbone Collections.

  • Collection Views

    Displaying a Collection with a Collection View.

  • Router & History

    Supporting pushState history and multiple URLs.

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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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Powering Up With React

Client-side Frameworks

Discover how React can help you take control of your UI code with composable user interfaces.

  • First Component

    Learn how to solve problems in terms of React components, and get familiar with the JSX markup language.

  • Talk Through Props

    Make components communicate by passing arguments, which are known as props in React.

  • Component State

    Explore handling data that changes over time with state and how it can help us manipulate DOM elements.

  • Synthetic Events

    Capture user actions with React's event system, and learn how React uses synthetic events to consolidate the browser's native event API.

  • Talking to Remote Servers

    Learn about interacting with remote servers via Ajax using React's lifecycle methods.

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Accelerating Through Angular

Client-side Frameworks

Create the future of web applications by learning how to build with Angular.

  • Angular Ignition

    Get an introduction to Angular and create your first module and component with a template.

  • Template Traction

    Start with a few structural directives and then transform your view with pipes.

  • Tuning It Up

    Make your code more maintainable by organizing it into multiple components, separating your HTML and CSS, creating a data model, and splitting your data into a mock file.

  • Data Binding Boost

    Explore how to send data from JavaScript to HTML and HTML to JavaScript using one-way data binding, and then learn how to do both at the same time with two-way binding.

  • Service Fuel Injection

    Learn how to create your own services and then how to use the HTTP library to call out to the internet.

JavaScript: 12 Screencasts Watched

HTML/CSS: 3 Courses 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

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Journey Into Mobile

Intermediate CSS

Learn mobile web design with mobile-first, adaptive, and responsive web design concepts. Review the best practices with our Journey into Mobile course.

  • Foundations for Mobile

    The mobile web and relative font-sizing

  • Fluid Layouts

    Learn the foundations for creating scalable, fluid sites

  • Adaptive Adventures

    Create sites that adapt to a specific context

  • Responsive Adventures

    Create device-agnostic sites optimized for all viewports

  • Responsive Media

    Learn how to scale images, video, and work with retina graphics

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Assembling Sass

CSS Preprocessors

Learn Sass and start improving your front-end CSS workflow. Try Sass on large-scale applications for efficient, time-saving styling.

  • Foundation

    An introduction to Sass, imports, comments, and nesting.

  • Variable

    Creation and use of recallable information.

  • Mixin

    Writing reusable styles mixed with optional arguments.

  • Extend

    Easily manage CSS class reuse and inheritance in the stylesheet, rather than HTML.

  • Directive

    A primer on the programmatic tools in Sass, including functions and each loops.

  • Math + Color

    Perform arithmetic and color alterations directly to stylesheet values.

  • Responsive

    Simplify and optimize your responsive design workflow via Sass.

HTML/CSS: 4 Screencasts Watched

Git: 2 Courses Completed

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Try Git

Git

Learn how to use Git by reviewing the basic concepts of Git version control. Try out this introductory course that was created with GitHub.

  • Discover Git

    Discover the basics of Git, including how to initialize a repo. Learn how to add, commit, and push your code to GitHub.

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Git Real

Git

Learn more advanced Git by practicing the concepts of Git version control. Increase your Git knowledge by learning more advanced systems within Git.

  • Introduction

    Learn the basics of Git

  • Staging & Remotes

    Add and remove changed files, and work with remote repositories

  • Cloning & Branching

    Clone repositories and learn how to work with multiple branches

  • Collaboration Basics

    Work simultaneously with multiple users

  • Branching

    Work with remote branches and reference commits

  • Rebase belong to us

    Optimize merging and fix merge conflicts

  • History and Configuration

    Learn how to configure and view commit logs

Electives: 2 Courses Completed

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Try R

Electives

Learn the R programming language for data analysis and visualization. This software programming language is great for statistical computing and graphics.

  • Using R

    A gentle introduction to R expressions, variables, and functions.

  • Vectors

    Grouping values into vectors, then doing arithmetic and graphs with them.

  • Matrices

    Creating and graphing two-dimensional data sets.

  • Summary Statistics

    Calculating and plotting some basic statistics: mean, median, and standard deviation.

  • Factors

    Creating and plotting categorized data.

  • Data Frames

    Organizing values into data frames, loading frames from files and merging them.

  • Real-World Data

    Testing for correlation between data sets, linear models, and extending R with additional libraries.

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Discover DevTools

Electives

Learn how Chrome DevTools can sharpen your dev process and discover the tools that can optimize your workflow and make life easier.

  • Elements

    Dig into the elements panel, learn how to make changes to the DOM and update styles.

  • Sources

    New workflows to speed up your development time.

  • Console

    Review the DevTools console and learn how to examine exceptions and use timesaving shortcuts.

  • Debugging

    Great workflows for debugging problems in your JavaScript.

  • Network

    Speed up your network interactions using the network tab and the page speed extension.

  • Profiles

    Get familar with your applications rendering performance and learn how to use CPU profiling to identity performance problems.

  • Memory

    Learn how to find and identify memory leaks in your application.

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Elixir: 1 Course Completed

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Mixing It Up With Elixir

Getting Started With Elixir

Explore the Elixir language and learn what it means to write elegant and performant functional code.

  • Citizens of the Unknown

    Learn how to work with functions that can be assigned to variables and passed around as arguments to other functions.

  • The End Is the Beginning

    Explore how to use pattern matching and recursions to iterate through lists.

  • Tuples & Maps

    Discover how to pass options to functions and other ways to work with collections of elements.

  • Control Flow

    Experiment with how to write control flow with the cond and case statements as alternatives to if.

  • The Mix Tool

    Learn how to use Mix to create projects, run tasks, and manage dependencies.

Elixir: 1 Screencast Watched

.NET: 1 Screencast Watched

iOS: 1 Screencast Watched