Keep your goals in sight. You’ve made your resolutions — we want to help you keep them (at least the ones that aren’t food related). That’s why we’ve put together five simple things you can do to get started in Back-End Web Development using Ruby on Rails.
- Download a text editor. We’re huge fans of Sublime Text at GA.
- Install Rails. Use RailsInstaller to save time and headaches in the process or check out this introductory guide to get you started with Ruby.
- Get an expert’s take. Read Matt Jording’s blog post on “What is: Back-End Web Development.”
- Embrace the programming community. Check out XKCD and Hacker News, and Stack Overflow for some serious geek talk, or go offline and join a Web Development Meetup group near you.
- Tackle GitHub. Create a GitHub account and start committing (i.e. posting) your code.