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Ruby: 10 Courses Completed

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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

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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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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.

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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

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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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Surviving APIs with Rails

Intermediate Ruby on Rails

Learn how to build and test REST APIs using Ruby on Rails. See how to leverage the HTTP protocol to create robust web APIs that can serve different client applications at the same time.

  • Recap

    Understanding REST and setting up your first API end points.

  • Resources and GET

    Restricting resources and the GET method.

  • Content Negotiation

    Catering to different API clients.

  • Post, Put, Patch, and Delete

    Creating, updating, and deleting resources.

  • Versioning

    Adding new features without breaking existing clients.

  • Authentication

    Preventing unauthorized access to protected resources.

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Rails 4: Zombie Outlaws

Intermediate Ruby on Rails

Learn to build faster and more secure web apps with Rails 4. Review the Rails updates that will help get your apps up to speed on Rails 4 best practices.

  • A Bloody Tale of Revenge

    Support for Ruby 1.9.3, ThreadSafety, and Routes

  • The Hangman's Daughter

    Changes to the ActiveRecord API, and more on ActiveRecord and changes to ActiveModel

  • Dead Man Walking

    Whitelisting user parameters with Strong Parameters and using Remote Forms. Reviewing new syntax for controller Filters, working with Session & setting Custom Flash Types

  • Concerning the Events of Santa Maria

    Reviewing new view helpers & the Ruby template handler

  • The Killing Fields

    Learning the new test structure

  • The Undead Express

    Declarative ETags, the new Dalli memcache client, and working with Cache Digests

  • Why's and Wherefores

    Streaming with ActionController::Live and faster page loading with Turbolinks

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Rails for Zombies

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Rails 4 Patterns

Intermediate Ruby on Rails

Learn helpful patterns and techniques for building and maintaining complex Rails applications. Make your application easily scale in size and complexity.

  • Models

    Use Models to encapsulate core business logic and avoid common ActiveRecord pitfalls.

  • Scopes and Class Methods

    Learn the intricacies of using class methods that run queries, and learn the benefits of using scopes.

  • Concerns

    Review how to extract reusable code into Model and Controller concerns.

  • Decorators

    Extract view logic out of Models with Decorators.

  • ActiveModelSerializers 1

    The basics of using ActiveModelSerializers to build a JSON API.

  • ActiveModelSerializers 2

    Use ActiveModelSerializers to simplify your JSON API.

  • FineTuning

    Speed up queries, secure user parameters and manage your processes.

Ruby: 12 Screencasts Watched

JavaScript: 8 Courses Completed

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Try jQuery

jQuery

Learn the basics of jQuery 2.0, a JavaScript library, to modify elements on the page and improve user interaction.

  • Introduction to jQuery

    A gentle introduction to what jQuery is, and what it can do.

  • Traversing the DOM

    Search & walk through the DOM with selectors and traversing.

  • Working with the DOM

    Add & remove from the DOM, more traversing, and user events.

  • Listening to DOM Events

    Listen for events, handle them, and change the default event behavior of web browsers.

  • Styling

    Before landing, tame CSS with jQuery and animate elements on the page.

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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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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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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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jQuery: The Return Flight

jQuery

Learn Ajax and add more interactivity to your projects. Discover how to organize your code using jQuery Plugins and Promises.

  • Ajax Basics

    Learn what Ajax is and how it can be used.

  • JavaScript and jQuery

    Organize your jQuery and JavaScript.

  • Ajax With Forms

    Learn about how to send data to the server and work with JSON.

  • Utility Methods

    Learn about some handy utility methods including $.each and $.map while working with complicated JSON data.

  • jQuery Plugins

    Create your own reusable jQuery plugin.

  • Promises

    Use promises to make your Ajax calls reusable and organized.

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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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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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Anatomy of Backbone.js Part 2

Client-side Frameworks

Learn more advanced Backbone.js for building sophisticated and structured web apps. Take your front-end to the next level with the Anatomy of Backbone Part 2.

  • More Models

    Getting your models to work with non-standard servers.

  • Customizing Collections

    Handling pagination in collections, sorting collections, and building aggregate functions.

  • Real Routes

    Handling optional parameters, limiting parameters to integers using regex, handling catch-all routes.

  • Varying Views

    Using an existing element, handling extra initialization options, escaping HTML, changing handling event bindings between Models and Views.

  • Working with Forms

    Build an ajax Form View to create and edit model objects.

  • App Organization

    Namespacing your App objects, building an App View to handle link clicks inside of Backbone, boostrapping data.

  • Customizing Backbone

    Using Mustache.js templates instead of underscore.js, replacing your persistence strategy, utilizing localStorage.

JavaScript: 19 Screencasts Watched

iOS: 2 Courses Completed

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Try Objective-C

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  • Grass World

    Create and log common objects

  • Ice World

    Sending messages and getting results

  • Sand World

    Control the flow

  • Lava World

    Create your own classes

  • Space World

    Learning from mistakes

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Try iOS

iOS Development With Objective-C

Learn iOS to create iPhone apps. This iOS tutorial reviews app development from the ground up and requires only basic coding experience.

  • App Anatomy

    Together we'll write our first simple iPhone app and learn about the different parts of an app.

  • Subviews

    Placing buttons & labels on our screen.

  • Tabs, Images, & Scrolling

    Adding some tabs to switch between the different parts of our app, adding images, and learning about our scroll window.

  • UINavigation & Buttons

    Navigating between between different parts of our app, and creating custom buttons.

  • Table View Controllers

    Building out table views, a common part of any iPhone app.

  • Networking

    Connecting to the internet to fetch data and using NSDictionary.

iOS: 6 Screencasts Watched

Database: 1 Course Completed

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The Sequel to SQL

SQL

​Learn the most important parts of the SQL language so you can create tables with constraints, use relationships, and write powerful join queries.

  • Aggregate Functions

    Learn how to use SQL aggregate functions, including COUNT, SUM, and AVG, to do calculations on groups of data.

  • Table Constraints

    Add constraints — like NOT NULL, UNIQUE, FOREIGN KEY, and PRIMARY KEY — to your tables to increase data integrity.

  • Normalization and Relationships

    Apply normalization rules to create tables without duplicate data and build the appropriate relationships.

  • Inner Joins, Aliases, and Outer Joins

    Explore writing a single query to pull data from multiple tables and using aliases to create succinct queries.

  • Subqueries

    Dive deeper as you learn how to write queries within queries.

Database: 3 Screencasts Watched

Electives: 1 Course Completed

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Electives

Dive into the basics of Docker and learn how to create a self-contained, shareable development environment with containers, images, Dockerfiles, and volumes.

  • Containers & Images

    Learn how to use images to create Docker containers.

  • Dockerfiles

    Use Dockerfiles to configure images in a centralized and repeatable way.

  • Volumes

    Take control of the data in your containers with volumes.

Electives: 22 Screencasts Watched

HTML/CSS: 1 Course Completed

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Cracking the Case With Flexbox

Intermediate CSS

​Follow the clues behind each property of Flexbox and learn how to make modern layouts that are flexible across different screen sizes.

  • Foreshadowing Flexbox

    Learn how to analyze the new display property, containers, lines, and items.

  • Justification and Order

    Explore how to align items, distribute space, and change order along the master axis.

  • Aligning Alibis

    Straighten out the facts and learn how to align items and distribute space along the cross axis.

  • Sizing Up the Properties

    Shape up by growing, shrinking, and declaring sizes of items.

  • Property Plotting

    Discover how to align content in edge cases and group multiple properties.

HTML/CSS: 8 Screencasts Watched

Git: 1 Screencast Watched