Ruby Programming 25th Batch: To celebrate our 25th batch, you now have an opportunity to enroll for free!

by Satish Talim on June 2, 2011

RubyLearning is in its 6th year and to celebrate its 25th Core Ruby batch, we are offering this seven week course free for 25 participants – this offer is now closed. You can still join by paying the fees as listed below. I am pleased to announce that Steve Klabnik @steveklabnik (Ruby Hero) is the special guest mentor for this batch. To join this course for free, please check the rules below:

  • You can join this batch free by posting as a comment to this blog post your reason(s) for wanting to learn Ruby; why you want to learn Ruby free and why you want to learn Ruby at
  • Ensure that you also mention your full name, country of residence and email id.
  • Do not copy the reasons mentioned by the previous posters.
  • If a select panel at RubyLearning like your reasons, we will enroll you into the batch. The panel may select as many participants as they want, could be less or more than 25. Their decision is final.
  • Selected candidates will be informed by email.
  • You must post your reason(s) before 6 am (India time) Thursday, June 9th. 2011.
  • All others can join by paying the relevant fee as mentioned in the blog post below.

Introducing an intensive, online course for beginners that helps you get started with Ruby programming.

What’s Ruby?


According to – “Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. Ruby’s elegant syntax is natural to read and easy to write.”

Yukihiro Matsumoto, the creator of Ruby, in an interview says -

I believe people want to express themselves when they program. They don’t want to fight with the language. Programming languages must feel natural to programmers. I tried to make people enjoy programming and concentrate on the fun and creative part of programming when they use Ruby.

What Will I Learn?

In the Ruby programming course, you will learn the essential features of Ruby that you will end up using every day.

Depending on participation levels, we throw a Ruby coding challenge in the mix, appropriate for the level we are at. We have been known to give out a prize or two for the ‘best’ solution.

Who’s It For?

An absolute beginner but with some experience in some other programming language.

You can read what past participants have to say about the course. Click here.


Satish Talim, Michael Kohl, Satoshi Asakawa, Victor Goff III and others from the RubyLearning team.


The course starts on Saturday, 25th June 2011 and runs for seven weeks.

RubyLearning’s IRC Channel

Most of the mentors and students hang out at RubyLearning’s IRC ( channel ( for both technical and non-technical discussions. Everyone benefits with the active discussions on Ruby with the mentors.

How do I register and pay the course fees?

  • The course is based on the The Ultimate Guide to Ruby Programming eBook. This book is normally priced at US$ 19.95 and we are discounting it US$ 10.00 by combining it in the Course+eBook option below.
  • You can pay either by Paypal or send cash via Western Union Money Transfer or by bank transfer (if you are in India). The fees collected helps RubyLearning maintain the site, this Ruby course, the Ruby eBook, and provide quality content to you.
  • Once you pay the fees below, register on the site and send us your name and registered email id while creating an account at to satish [at] rubylearning [dot] com
  • We will enroll you into the course. If you have purchased the eBook at the time of registration, we will personally email you the eBook within 24 hours.

You can pay the Course Fees by selecting your option from the menu below (please select your option).


At the end of this course you should have all the knowledge to explore the wonderful world of Ruby on your own.

Here are some details on how the course works:


Once the course starts, you can login and start with the lessons any day and time and post your queries in the forum under the relevant lessons. Someone shall always be there to answer them. Just to set the expectations correctly, there is no real-time ‘webcasting’.


  • The Mentors shall give you URL’s of pages and sometimes some extra notes; you need to read through. Read the pre-class reading material at a convenient time of your choice – the dates mentioned are just for your guideline. While reading, please make a note of all your doubts, queries, questions, clarifications, comments about the lesson and after you have completed all the pages, post these on the forum under the relevant lesson. There could be some questions that relate to something that has not been mentioned or discussed by the mentors thus far; you could post the same too. Please remember that with every post, do mention the operating system of your computer.
  • The mentor shall highlight the important points that you need to remember for that day’s session.
  • There could be exercises every day. Please do them.
  • Participate in the forum for asking and answering questions or starting discussions. Share knowledge, and exchange ideas among yourselves during the course period. Participants are strongly encouraged to post technical questions, interesting articles, tools, sample programs or anything that is relevant to the class / lesson. Please do not post a simple "Thank you" note or "Hello" message to the forum. Please be aware that these messages are considered noises by people subscribed to the forum.

Outline of Work Expectations:

  1. Most of the days, you will have exercises to solve. These are there to help you assimilate whatever you have learned till then.
  2. Some days may have some extra assignments / food for thought articles / programs
  3. Above all, do take part in the relevant forums. Past participants will confirm that they learned the best by active participation.

Some Commonly Asked Questions

  • Qs. Is there any specific time when I need to be online?
    Ans. No. You need not be online at a specific time of the day.
  • Qs. Is it important for me to take part in the course forums?
    Ans. YES. You must Participate in the forum(s) for asking and answering questions or starting discussions. Share knowledge, and exchange ideas among yourselves (participants) during the course period. Participants are strongly encouraged to post technical questions, interesting articles, tools, sample programs or anything that is relevant to the class / lesson. Past participants will confirm that they learned the best by active participation.
  • Qs. How much time do I need to spend online for a course, in a day?
    Ans. This will vary from person to person. All depends upon your comfort level and the amount of time you want to spend on a particular lesson or task.
  • Qs. Is there any specific set time for feedback (e.g., any mentor responds to me within 24 hours?)
    Ans. Normally somebody should answer your query / question within 24 hours.
  • Qs. What happens if nobody answers my questions / queries?
    Ans. Normally, that will not happen. In case you feel that your question / query is not answered, then please post the same in the thread – “Any UnAnswered Questions / Queries”.
  • Qs. What happens to the class (or forums) after a course is over? Can you keep it open for a few more days so that students can complete and discuss too?
    Ans. The course and its forum is open for a month after the last day of the course.

Remember, the idea is to have fun learning Ruby.

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Posted by Satish Talim

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Satish Talim June 9, 2011 at 7:33 am

The opportunity to join the 25th Ruby batch for free, is now over. Thanks for the response.


Deepak Kannadasan June 9, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Hello Satish,
Just now I saw ur 25th year offer, Though the time is over, Is there any chance for me to join free?


Gustavo June 10, 2011 at 12:50 am

OMG, why I didn’t see this opportunity before!?!?!

I’d like to enroll just because I need to complete at least one of Satish Talim’s courses!

I used to participate on other batches (10th, 11th and 12th), but my past work began to eat my free time for study….

But no problem, congrats for who won the free enrollment!


Satish Talim June 10, 2011 at 1:21 am

The course is always free for past students.


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