30 Oct '14, 2pm

Our Ruby on Rails class is a little unusual; we teach the guts before the magic: Next class is

When I teach our web services class Ruby on the Server , a question I occasionally get from students is why we spend half of the first day learning about Rack . After all, Rails is the heavyweight of the Ruby ecosystem, and what most people come to learn about. One of the core themes of the class is to demystify Rails, which has a lot of features that people often describe as "magic." When people say that, what they usually mean is an interface with a level of abstraction that frees you from needing to know what's going on under the hood. It gives you that "it just works" sensation. Being free to build your application without worrying about the underlying implementation is wonderful, but sadly, many developers never peel back the layers and attempt to understand how it works. At Big Nerd Ranch, our approach is to teach the bare bones first. We apply this tactic over and o...

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