In the beginning, there were a handful of sites where you would go to to seek information (CNN, ESPN, WeatherChannel etc.) As the amount of information grew, companies were developed to help categorize and sort information (Yahoo), then came search engines.
Today, we’ve had a massive shift in the way we consume content. We no longer have to pull or seek out content. The majority of content we consume now is pushed to us via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
As the number of friends and follows grow on the social platforms, the amount of information gushing through multiplies and we’ll need another tool to help sift through all that content.
I’ve attempted to blog several times, but it always fell off my plate. So I’m going to make it my New Year’s Resolution to keep at it.
Stay tuned as I make lots of random statements, share what I’m reading, and just blab.
So you want to learn how to be a programmer. And so you log onto CodeAcademy, crack open a book, or attend a Ruby On Rails class. What most courses fail to do is to help set up your computer for programming.
It’s one thing to write some code into a console and get a response. It’s another thing to view a live site in your browser.
1. Install Ruby on Rails and component parts.
The best resource was the book, Ruby on Rails Tutorial as it walks through the install steps.
Follow the instructions in Chapter 1 carefully and you should be all set on the Ruby on Rails part.
2. Host your Git repository
You can use GitHub to host your repository, but private projects are not free.
I’m using Dropbox to host my Git repository. I like the Dropbox solution because I can access the repository from any machine I have dropbox installed on without having to worry about any other outside providers.
Follow the instructions by Bradley White
3. Install PostgreSQL
I choose install PostgreSQL because I’m deploying to Heroku and want to develop against the same database that I would eventually deploy to.
Follow this screencast to install and setup.
That should be all. Let me know if you have any questions.