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What are/were your go to resources for learning Ruby and Rails?

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I'm completely new to Ruby, but am not a stranger to backend dev (.NET, Nodejs).

I've checked out the Ruby Quick start, but aside from that, what resources, whether they be books, online resources, videos etc. would you recommend to someone looking to get into the world of Ruby and Ruby on Rails?

Bonus points if you can suggest an e-book before I go camping in three hours? 😜

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I'm a PHP developer, but Ruby is one of the languages that I started with a couple years back. The Rails Tutorial by Michael Hartl is highly recommended back then. I learned a lot from that book that is still valuable even when I'm on a different ecosystem now. Though it's quite geared towards beginners... but it wouldn't hurt to check it out.


Michael Hartl's work is so popular that it's practically the canonical source of Rails. Like, even if it's beginner material, it's worth skimming if only to know what other folks are being taught.


True. We used it to train every intern we hired for about 7 years now. Hats off Michael Hartl♥️


To supplement more straightforward tutorials, the Destroy All Software screencasts are absolutely fantastic. Some Ruby stuff, some Rails stuff, some computer theory, Python stuff, it's all over the map, and all incredibly valuable.


I would say that is a first place to learn.

Back in the days, RailsCasts and Rails for Zombies was a thing. Nowadays they are not updated anymore (if I remember correctly).


The Odin Project curates some of the best ruby and rails resources within their curriculum.

  • Ruby Koans: Learn by testing, using Minitest.
  • CodeAcademy: Introductory projects for both Ruby and Rails.
  • CodeFights: Programming puzzles to solve in the language of your choice. This is fun because you get to see how much shorter the solutions are in Ruby compared to many other languages.😀 Also has competitive/social features if that's appealing to you.

I've recently started using RuboCop in my work as well, which has unexpectedly been a great learning resource. It shows me alternate methods and idiomatic syntax that I didn't know or had forgotten about.



I've made a list, my suggestion is to

  1. join the ruby on rails slack community of that list ( #beginners_and_mentors channel )
  2. start learning with
  3. maybe dive into the ruby exercises of
  4. & are the go to video channels.

Have fun & good luck

(I'm always searching for new resources, so send me a message if you find something interesting!)


For Ruby, I recommend this book
Effective Ruby
I think it's suitable for someone already has some background in programming and wanna learn more about Ruby.
With Rails, nothing better than doing a project, let try to build your own AirBnB website


Like with everything tech I want to learn, I start by reading any quickstart guide is listed on the official documentation, then dive right into the guts of the subject. For Rails, this means running rails new on some empty directory and try to make some kind of app I already know how to build with other languages, for example the evergreen blog platform.

Normally, official docs + lots of googling and StackOverflow for every obstacle I encounter does the job nicely (at least for me)


I've been doing rails for about 10 years now, back in the days the poignant guide to ruby was a fun way to get familiar with the language. And for rails it's about having the official docs at hand and reading others people's code. Reading some of the most popular gems and how they solve common problems can give you an idea of the things you can do


I second Michael Hartl's book, and Rails 4 In Action is also good (although getting a little dated now).

As a second book, after you've done a tutorial or three and you're wondering "Now what?," I recommend Practicing Rails by Justin Weiss. Both Justin and Michael have been really responsive and they want to help you, so give those a try.


You can take a look at this online course:
In addition to ruby and Ruby on Rails, you’ll learn agile development, TDD, design patterns and so on. I highly recommend this corse and the next one. I hope this can be useful to you.


Udemy, youtube, railscasts, obsessive reading (The Bastards book of Ruby, The Well Grounded Rubyist, plus loads of online e-books depending on what I was attempting to achieve at the time). There are so so many tutorial videos that are excellent on youtube too. I also joined a bootcamp, which I can highly highly recommend - just for the shared experience of pairing with other people in the same boat as you!


Agile Web Development with Rails is the one I started with in 2005. Still kicking out the new editions. If you follow along and build the application in the tutorial, you will be productive.


I've mainly learned the ropes with a french website,

My other, more precise, source of information, is the BigBinary blog, an awesome blog with a very nice and lightweight design.


This place seems like a good way to get into intermediate Rails and Ruby:


I came across another great resource from my co-worker @vaidehijoshi , Thanks for the share Vaidehi!


I've been so busy with stuff I usually work on that I honestly haven't had a chance to read up on all the great resources people have posted here quite just yet. It's my todo. 😉 The backend at my new job is in Ruby, which I'll need to touch occasionally, so I'll probably be digging into these resources in the near future.


Actually, today I'm on by Michael Hartl just going through some basics before I tackle his rails tutorial. has been handy for this.


Don't forget irb (interactive Ruby).

It's a great place to get answers to small questions in a hurry.

Keep it open in a shell window, go there when you need to.


Super late to the game but perhaps will help someone else.

Learn Ruby the Hard Way really helped me get started with ruby:

And yes, even today the Michael Hartl Rail tut is a must!


Just adding this tweet from @rhymes that is full of great Ruby and Rails resources from Shopify.


Michael Hartl book is the best resource to start Ruby and Rails.....Once you are done with first 12 chapters you can go to Rails Guides to get a deep understanding of Rails fundamentals and concepts.

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