New Sinatra Course Announced

by Satish Talim on April 7, 2009

Introduction to Sinatra Course

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After the huge success of the first-ever online “Introduction to Sinatra” course, RubyLearning announces the second batch from 2nd May 2009.

Sinatra – quickly create tiny web apps and services

What’s Sinatra?

Sinatra is a micro-framework for quickly creating tiny web-applications and small services in Ruby. It is not a Model-View-Controller (MVC) based framework.

Please read – Sinatra, a Ruby web framework, and Why it Matters.


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Thanks to our Silver Sponsor – 1st Easy Limited who are keen to play an active role in encouraging the adoption of new development technologies, and are delighted to have been given the opportunity to support the work of Satish Talim and his team at RubyLearning. If you’re a developer, or an alumni of RubyLearning and would like to test your own apps or freshly acquired skills, you’re welcome to take advantage of the free hosting trials that 1st Easy offer: simply visit the registration page and leave your details. The full-featured accounts are yours to do with as you please for one month, after which you can transfer your hard work to a paid account, or walk away with no questions asked!

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Also, thanks to Heroku for providing the facility to create free hosting accounts for all the participants, to host their apps created during the course. Heroku – it’s fast, it’s easy, and it just works!

Also, thanks to Adam Keys, Aaron Quint, and Ryan Tomayko for sharing their expertise on Sinatra with the course participants.

What Will I Learn?

In this introductory course, you’ll learn the essential features of Sinatra that you’ll end up using every day. The course topics are:

  • Introduction to Sinatra
    • What is Sinatra?
    • A quick look at HTTP
    • What’s HTTP?
    • Loading a web page
    • HTTP request methods
  • Installation
    • Dependencies
  • Handler
  • A quick look at Routes
  • A trivial Sinatra application
  • Views
  • Layouts
  • Exercises
    • Simple CRUD app with Sinatra and YAML
    • Stock Exchange Quote Service
    • String Reversal Service
    • Mountain Bike Trails
  • Deployment

You can read through the RubyLearning FAQ.

Some Fun Apps

Here are some fun apps created by the first batch participants and deployed to Heroku:

You too can build all these apps and more. How about creating a simple Stock Exchange Quote Service1?

Yes, you can.

Who’s It For?

Anyone who knows the Ruby programming language can take the “Introduction to Sinatra” course, and is a starting point for people new to Sinatra and a guide to help learn it as quickly and easily as possible.

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The course starts on 2nd May 2009 and runs for a week. You first need to register on the site and then enroll into the course. On registration, you can download the Sinatra eBook.

Early Bird Registration Discounts

  • For the first 30 registrations, Course Fee: US$ 6 per participant.
  • For the next 20 registrations, Course Fee US$ 8 per participant.
  • After the first 50 registrations, 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.

By the end of the course, you can quickly create your own tiny web-applications in Ruby and write lots of small services.

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  1. This app is based on Steve Pugh’s excellent book – Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts.
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Bernardo Rosmaninho April 7, 2009 at 4:55 pm

That with be very interesting, we must always have options with frameworks.


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