Introduction to Merb: A New Course

by Satish Talim on December 6, 2008

Introduction to Merb Course

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You kept asking for it and so here it is – the new introductory, intensive, online course that helps you get started with Merb.

Merb – Ruby web framework for the enterprise

What’s Merb?

Merb is a Model View Controller (MVC) framework written in Ruby and used for building fast, scalable database-driven web applications.

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What Will I Learn?

The course topics, as suggested by Matt Aimonetti1 are:

  • Installation
    • Merb Installation
    • SQLite Installation
    • Installing database driver allowing DataMapper to connect to SQLite
    • Mongrel Installation
  • Interactive Merb
  • Router
  • Using Erubis
  • Developing a simple app
    • Callable tasks
    • Generating a Controller
    • Generating a Model
    • Setting Relationships
    • Helpers
    • CRUD
    • Partials
    • Exercises
  • merb-auth
  • A Mini-project

You can read through the RubyLearning FAQ.

Who’s It For?

Programmers with some background in Core Ruby and object-oriented concepts.


The course starts on 10th Jan. 2009 and runs for 2 weeks. You first need to register on the site and then enroll into the course. On registration, you can download the “Introduction to Merb” eBook.

Early Bird Registration Discounts

  • For the first 25 registrations, Course Fee: US$ 6 per participant
  • For the next 15 registrations, Course Fee US$ 7 per participant
  • After the first 40 registrations, Course Fee US$ 8 per participant until midnight of 31st Dec. 2008
  • After that, Course Fee US$ 10 per participant

The course fee goes towards maintaining RubyLearning and helps provide quality content to you.

So hurry, registrations have started.

With the Merb and Rails merger announced on 23rd Dec. 2008, this makes this training basically the first training focusing on the future features of Rails 3, and a great way to get ahead of the game.

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  1. Note: Matt gave a list of things people might be interested in learning. Matt is not endorsing or approving the course.
Posted by Satish Talim

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takaaki December 6, 2008 at 8:17 am

Do you discuss HAML in the course? Or Erubis only?

Also, what is like to be a mini project?


Satish Talim December 6, 2008 at 8:23 am

Takaaki, we only discuss Erubis. The mini project will be developing a small CRUD application.


Matt Aimonetti December 6, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Satish, the course looks awesome! I really appreciate you taking the time to teach Merb to people around the world.

Keep up the good work.

- Matt


Satish Talim December 6, 2008 at 2:56 pm

Matt, thanks to you, Yehuda Katz and Foy Savas for all the encouragement.


Willian Molinari December 8, 2008 at 5:13 pm


It will be very good!
I’ll be there! ; )


Willian Molinari


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