bryanguillen12 <email@example.com> writes:
Hey ROR Community,
I am brand new to this fun world world of programming and obviously, ruby
on rails too. I have been picking up some basic skills in programming,
enough to write a !SIMPLE! program, and also some front end web
development. With that said, I am hitting walls all over the place; I know
the talent and skill in this community can help me and maybe, through this
thread, others that are also brand new and don't know where to begin, which
is where we all begin.
With that said, I am following a program for learning the fundamentals of
ruby on rails development. The program claims to give you the tool set to
throw up a web app prototype, which is my end game. The program teaches
"Installing a Ruby development Environment", "Build a Todo List with Rails
4", "Database Foundations", "Active Record Basics", and finally "User
Authentication with Rails". Will learning these specific topics, in that
exact order, help? After these courses, will I know enough to do a very
simple software prototype? Should I, or others in my position, go through
all those steps or skip a few which aren't a priority for a prototype? I
appreciate the time and effort into any credible answer.
Thank You ROR Community,
There is no shortcut or fast track to learning how to build a web
application in Rails. All those topics listed above are necessary to
application development. Sure, you can follow some tutorials that allow
you to put up an application in a handful of hours [1, 2]. But all those things
are necessary to learning how to develop an application. Hartl's Rails
tutorial  is oft-cited and remains up-to-date.
This isn't a matter of "I had to do it, you have to as well"
either. There are countless numbers of people asking questions here, on
IRC, in meetups, and other places that would be answered if they had
gone through these beginning steps to understand what they are doing.
If you are hitting walls all over the place, that doesn't mean it's time
to start skipping steps. Instead it means you need to dig in deeper to
what you're not getting, and work harder at it so you do understand
it. Software development is a craft, skills don't acrue without work.
Going through the above sections isn't even enough to become a skillful
Rails application developer; they are just a foundation. Read this blog
article  to understand the scope of undertaking learning Rails.
So I would caution you to stop thinking about "what can I skip" and
start thinking about a strategy for accumulating the skills.
Being here is a good thing; it is a place to get answers. It's not
sufficient, though, really. Finding and joining a user group, meetup,
and so on is extremely helpful.
Again, don't look for shortcuts. Look for understanding.