08 Feb '13, 6am

Roadmap for learning Ruby and rails

Roadmap for learning Ruby and rails

I learned Rails as my first programming language. Looking back on my own reservations, hang-ups and attempts to teach other non-programmers rails, I don’t think this learning approach will be successful for most non-programmers. The first question I think is: Who wants to master Ruby/Rails and related technologies? Very few who aren’t already developers – at least not at first. We’re all cognitive misers. Most people want to learn the minimum to get the job done. Also, for a complete newbie, learning is usually optional. People need to be encouraged to learn a little and then keep building. For example, when I’ve taught others CSS/HTML, I used to start with big overviews and then moved forward. Now, I found it’s much more successful to give people the tiniest bits of information they need to do something and then building from there. People learn better when they are eager...

Full article: http://techiferous.com/2010/07/roadmap-for-learning-rails/

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