5 Steps for Getting Started Coding a Web App


Keep your goals in sight. You’ve made your resolutions β€” 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.

  1. Download a text editor. We’re huge fans of Sublime Text at GA.
  2. Install Rails. Use RailsInstaller to save time and headaches in the process or check out this introductory guide to get you started with Ruby.
  3. Get an expert’s take. Read Matt Jording’s blog post on “What is: Back-End Web Development.”
  4. 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.
  5. Tackle GitHub. Create a GitHub account and start committing (i.e. posting) your code.

BONUS: Visit General Assembly for an upcoming class or event β€” or tune into one of our online classes from the comfort of your home.