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1: Bootcamps vs. Learning Solo & How to Begin with Ruby on Rails

April 19, 2015

We launched StartHereFM almost a year ago because we believe in the value of online education. Along side that we saw that people new to the web development community got easily overwhelmed. There was a lot of content, but a lack of direction. Everyone seemed to know generally what they should do, but they didn’t know the order. And not knowing the order and pattern to do it can be maddening. Upon talking to people we realized that’s a big reason why a large number of people quit before they realize how fun the chosen hobby/skill/industry they want to learn can be. And we believe this applies to everything, not just web dev.

Thus, we created StartHereFM. The vision is to be the educational roadmap for all people that are new to any career or industry. The mission is to build amazing and educational multi-media content, that is helpful and inspiring.

And we started with web development.

Our first podcast has really grown and we immensely enjoy the community that has gathered around it. Great people, sharing the desire to learn and become great.

To that end, today represents a landmark as we move closer and strive towards our overall vision. We are bringing another show into the mix, a Ruby on Rails show. If you are a Ruby on Rails fan or if you aspire to learn about Ruby on Rails — please check it out. I am starting from square one and walking through everything I did to learn it and get my first client using the language and framework. It’s going to be a fun adventure, why don’t ya join me.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/start-here-ruby-on-rails/id987277709

RSS Feed: http://starthere.fm/category/rubyonrails/feed

Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/startherefm

The Advanced Beginner Challenge – I built a course to get your first job in web development, or upgrade from Junior to mid-level. All done over email for your convenience.

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  • Keith Monaghan April 19, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    I’m really excited about this show. In this episode Dain does an incredible job of introducing you to how to learn. I wish I had been told these things when I first started. Listen to this even if you intend to learn a different language/framework.

    • Chris savage June 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      hey dain,

      I thought in the show (or second show) you said you would list who we should follow on Twitter. Would you post those name up for web dev and rails dev?

  • Chris Savage June 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    Hey guys,

    I guess the comment I put through on mobile didn’t go through? Web time! Thank you so much for all of these podcasts! I put up reviews on iTunes. Question is, for ruby development… and web development in general…who are the people you would follow and what blogs/newsletters do you follow?

    • Dain Miller June 12, 2015 at 12:07 pm

      Thank you for the kind words!

      Here are a few of my favorite people in the programming space:
      – Aaron Patterson | Rails core team, Ruby core team, incredibly genius. https://twitter.com/tenderlove
      – Corey Haines | One of the best programming teachers in the world, TDD specialist. https://twitter.com/coreyhaines
      – Martin Fowler | Old school programming smarts. http://www.martinfowler.com/ ;)
      – Kent Beck | Famous author of programming paradigm books, works at Facebook now on any challenging problem they might have. https://twitter.com/kentbeck

      Those are just a few, but there is DAYS of content for each of those individuals to get into. Specifically PLEASE watch the “Kent Beck Closing Keynote from Railsconf 2015” just google that. It will make your life better as a programmer. Then watch keynotes from all of the others on this list. Then let me know if you need more.

  • Andrey Syroyezhkin October 17, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Hey – what an amazing episode! I love that you’re able to get into the “mindset” of someone fresh on the scene and really explaining how to dive in, without sounding snobby. I just started learning Web Development for a potential job within my company, so I’m listening to both shows from episode 1. The whole thing about “context” … wow, that really struck a chord. Going to re-listen with a notepad and jot down your suggestions! I’m still doing basics (HTML/CSS) but will eventually graduate to Ruby on Rails, looking forward to doing your “homeworks”! Keep up the good work!

  • Brennen Awana January 8, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    So glad that you exist! Seriously, this is the most comprehensive walk-through of the journey that I am trying to undertake. I feel safe now and not so lost. I was ready to drop my job and plunge into Online bootcamp, but I think now I’ll take a step back and follow your advice since I don’t really have the money to do so.

    • Dain Miller May 1, 2016 at 1:24 am

      Glad to be able to help! Online bootcamps are a great resource!

  • Igor January 19, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Omg, now I know the face of the voice who whisper wisdom in my ears to be a better developer. This series gives me so much motivation.

    Thanks for your effort, keep up the great work!

    Hugs from Brazil

  • ryan May 4, 2016 at 9:43 am

    im liking the website bro keep it up, its lookin super good man and listening to some of ur podcasts they were really good too – ryan miller

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