October 7-10, 2012, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Session Details

Introduction to Ruby on Rails

#WRK5 Workshops Track

103 D, Frontier Airlines Center


The Ruby on Rails framework can increase your productivity and happiness. It's right there on the official Rails website so it has to be true, right? In the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at The Ohio State University, we have leveraged the principles of high productivity and programmer happiness that Ruby on Rails promises to deliver quality distance education websites. The goal of this workshop is to expose you to the key concepts of the Ruby programming language and the Rails framework that make this possible. This workshop will be split into four parts: 1. Setup a Ruby on Rails Development Environment 2. Basics of the Ruby language constructs 3. RubyGems: reusable Ruby building blocks 4. Basics of Ruby on Rails framework.  We will work towards developing a very basic CMS so that, by the conclusion of this workshop, you'll have a solid understanding of Ruby on Rails.


Paul Cook
Webmaster, The Ohio State University Office of Geriatrics

Paul Cook has been developing websites for 14 years, the last 9 as webmaster for the Office of Geriatrics and Gerontology at Ohio State University. Server administrator, front end developer, graphic designer and software developer are just a few of the roles he has taken on in this role, and he has developed a passion for sharing his knowledge in these areas through workshops and presentations. In recent years, Cook has journeyed into the entrepreneurial arena and is involved with several Columbus startups as technical partner and developer.