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Learn Programming in Ruby on Rails

Become a Rails engineer


“The course provided the fundamentals and best practices I needed to get started with next to no experience. The 1-on-1 sessions and Q&A sessions alone were worth the investment. Beyond the obvious benefit of having someone guide you through problems, having 1-on-1 sessions or Q&A sessions to attend kept me motivated - I didn't wanted to show up without progress or questions! Two months after finishing the Frontend course and Rails course, I received three job offers (Rails dev, Frontend dev, Angular dev). I'm now working as an Angular developer and loving it.”

Daniel Bogart, Developer, AdverseEvents
Learn Programming in Ruby on Rails Thinkful student
3
Month commitment if
you study 15 hrs/week
3
Projects added to your
personal portfolio
10
Years of average
experience per mentor

Classes start every Wednesday

$500 per month
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Love your first mentor session or your money back.

  • Meet with an experienced Ruby developer every week for 45 minutes over video chat who will keep you motivated and help you learn faster
  • Gain real-world experience building your first web apps and adding them to your own portfolio
  • Customize your learning path with your mentor based on your career goals and learning style
  • Study from anywhere in the world at your own pace. On average, students finish the coursework in 3 months after studying 10-15 hours a week

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Build your first MVP in Rails
The most beginner-friendly backend language

Ruby on Rails was the first web development framework to gain mass adoption with both engineers and beginner programmers. It allowed both groups to quickly create fully-featured web apps using best practices for things like managing databases and rendering HTML. Demand for Rails developers remains off the charts with many of the web's most popular companies – including Airbnb, Groupon, Hulu, Kickstarter. Only weeks into the course, you'll deploy your first web application and then after a quick refresher on HTML, you'll dive into template rendering. You'll graduate having created complete apps and with a grasp of programming fundamentals in Ruby, Rails, JavaScript, and jQuery.

A clear path to success
Life as a Thinkful student

1-on-1 mentorship

Work with an experienced Ruby developer to learn best practices, get feedback on your work, and fix difficult bugs.

Project-based curriculum

Learn by building web apps that increase in interactivity and reflect real-world problems.

Group sessions

Join 40+ hours of Workshops and Q&A sessions every week. You'll have unlimited access as a Thinkful student.

Active community

Chat with other students, mentors, and alumni on Slack to get help instantly and learn best practices.


Your first day

Meet your mentor, access the curriculum, and join a community of 3000+ students and mentors on Slack. At Thinkful, the relationships you form with your mentor and peers help you learn faster.

During the course

Read less and build more. Each course is focused around projects to emulate real work and increase memory retention. And if you get stuck, ask your mentor or jump into daily Q&A Sessions.

Graduate on your schedule

Every Thinkful course is self-paced so there's no need to quit your job. Typically, students finish the Ruby on Rails course in 3 months with an engaging portfolio. All graduates receive lifetime access to the course curriculum.

Look inside the course
See what you’ll learn.

Unit 1 - Getting started with Ruby

Concepts covered

Variables, strings, integers, booleans, control flow, arrays, classes, methods, IRB, command line, Git, deploying to Heroku

Project(s) you'll build

  • Noteful. After you've covered basic Ruby fundamentals, you'll convert a basic Ruby app into a deployable Rails app. Noteful is a simple note taking Rails application meant to replicate your paper experience with something that’s web based so you an access it from anywhere.

Unit 2 - Frontend crash course

Concepts covered

Views, HTML, CSS, ERB templates

Project(s) you'll build

  • Tweetful. In this Unit, you'll modify an existing web app that works but just doesn't look very good. To fix the user interface, you will need to write HTML and CSS code that describes the form and style of each page.

Unit 3 - From Tweetful to Tumblful

Concepts covered

jQuery, forms, Rails console, ActiveRecord, MVC

Project(s) you'll build

  • Tumblful. Here, you'll cover Rails models and how they interact with the database. Building the backend will provide invaluable practice with the models and controllers which are the heart of your Ruby on Rails application, turning user interactions into HTTP requests and database calls. You will be making Tumblful user friendly by adding navigational links and a feature that lets users “like” posts in Tumblful.
Success stories
Apply your Ruby skills on the job

Classes start every Wednesday

$500 per month
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Love your first mentor session or your money back.

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Noel Duarte, Education Advisor

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Programming in Ruby on Rails reviews

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by Jason Terlizzi

April 7th, 2016

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The best thing about Thinkful are the mentors and access to a large number of engineers via Slack. I took the Full-Stack Rails class, and it was incredible. You'll have to be disciplined as the first 2 sections show basic techniques for development. Most of your time will be spent understanding how things work and applying concepts to your own projects. This is where mentors help out a great deal. The last section of the Rails course was a bit more difficult, there were several typos which led me to believe it hasn't been reviewed recently. This is the only flaw I found with the course, I spent several hours going down a rabbit hole with typos and wrong concepts that weren't edited correctly. In the end, after 3 months of intense study, I'm now doing small Rails projects as side work. It also helped me with becoming a better problem solver and using programming as a skill-set.

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by Anonymous

March 9th, 2016

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I took the Thinkful full-stack Ruby on Rails program in Q4 of 2014. I had gotten about as far as I could manage with independent study, and I needed options for getting unstuck that were faster than StackOverflow. Between the Slack channel, "office hours" and weekly meetings with my "mentor" (really more of a tutorial relationship) I was able to level up pretty significantly. I was also able to get through the 3-month program in one month since I had already learned most of it on my own.

They have you use your own environment and your own GitHub, which is an advantage over dedicated environments because I didn't lose access to it afterwards. I also still had access to the materials for reference later (at least, last time I checked). This is really helpful, because eventually you have to look something up and it's much easier to review material than trying track down whatever you're trying to remember in a new resource.

My only complaint is that a large percentage of their Ruby students drop out early, so I didn't have much in the way of a cohort and the materials were often out of date. But it's an economical way to level up for an industrious / self-motivated learner, and the logical next step when books / tutorials have not been enough.

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by Anonymous

February 17th, 2016

Web Development in Rails

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I decided to give thinkful a try. I sure do regret it. It's just a total waste of time and money. The curriculum is nonexistent and instead of teaching you what you need to know they refer to you outside sources and they also want you to ask your mentor for help last. What was I paying them all that money for then?

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by Anonymous

February 8th, 2016

Web Development in Rails

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I did 3 thinkful courses over about 8-10 months from late 2013 - mid 2014...and by the end of the 3rd course I had a fulltime job as a developer! I did the rails, frontend, and angular courses.

They recommend 10 hours per week, but really the amount of effort you put in dictates how successful you will be. Go to office hours, hang out on slack, etc. The mentors are the biggest value and you should really try to use office hours for code reviews of your work and let your mentor tear your stuff apart. Use office hours/other channels for support and troubleshooting.

Their courses do have things like typos, occasional missing instructions, but they are quick to help out if you get in touch. You really can't expect perfection because once you get into the industry, you'll see plenty of incorrect readmes, bugs, etc and you'll have to figure things out yourself.

There was no job assistance when I did the courses, but I guess they offer that now. I picked thinkful because it was inexpensive, got me developer facetime when I was living in Asia and I could do it remotely. I still jump into office hours / hang around on slack because they are all really nice people and the mentors are brilliant resources who are always up to talk shop.

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by Anonymous

March 17th, 2015

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I had high expectations for the Full Stack Rails course, however I was very disappointed. Their coverage of most topics is superficial and the links they provide for in depth information are to other organization's free online resources.

They skim over many fundamental topics and have you enter a code snippet without explaining fully why. If you have any difficulties with tasks in the course, such as database migration, they request that you go search for a solution in stack overflow or search in google.

I never have received a mentor. The person who met with me for my first "session" promised to email me their contact info but never did. I have two chapters left but don't know if I will bother completing them. Visually the curriculum is nicely packaged, but you will not gain any true depth of knowledge from it.

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