It is time for another Makers Academy Review, this week about the first week of Rails and about the upcoming launch of Makers Academy Atlas! Things have really started to get interesting now, rails is a whole new world of coding, a very powerful framework designed for building complex and powerful web applications. It is great to get my teeth stuck into something I can really use the knowledge I have gained over the last 8 weeks. It will be great to embrace the power that rails brings and develop more complex web applications. I worked a bit with rails when I went on a Hackathon weekend and found it quite daunting but fascinating all at the same time, then I was able to install the Stripe API to the app. I think that says more about the ease with which Stripe lets you deal with payments and not about my Rails ability at the time.
The teaching this week mainly consisted of doing the Rails Tutorial on the Rails website. I highly recommend this one to start with, it is about building a basic Blogging app. It is boring but informative. If you fancy something a little bit more fun with a few videos thrown in check out Rails for Zombies. Anyway yes, I don’t think the approach of sticking us in front of a tutorial anyone can do online is necessarily bad, the main value is added by the expert tuition of Alex and the other support staff.
Makers Academy Atlas
I am hearing great things about the up and coming Makers Academy Online moving the curriculum over to the internet and away from the Hackpad system that is currently used could be a really good idea and it would open up learning to people all around the world. I think Makers Academy Atlas could be a very big success but they are going up against the giants of General Assembly and DevBootcamp etc and that could prove tough. We shall see I guess.