General Assembly: the Ruby code unlocked

February 27, 2013, 19:00 program

The most ordinary rails have allowed thousands of small companies to move onto the international market. Rails, which was discussed at the General Assembly class on February 27, has given the digital world the same speed and opportunity of rapid expansion.

Mattan Griffel, an entrepreneur from New York, began his speech with "if you’re an entrepreneur waiting for someone to execute your idea for you, well then, you’re not really an entrepreneur. Sorry!"

He knows what he's talking about. Griffel long sought a technical partner for his project and, although disappointed, did not give up, but simply learned the basics of Ruby.

"Many people probably ask themselves why they need programming," the speaker continued. "A friend of mine, who had taught himself to code, said, “dude you’re just gonna have to do it on your own”." It seemed as if every guest of Digital October wanted to ask Griffel, "but why do I need Ruby specifically?"

"Web applications are broken into different parts and the front end of a web application is what you see, that’s the web page. What’s most important for you guys to learn is the back-end. You have your web page and you have your database that stores user information and it stores your username and your password. Your database language is mostly right now SQL. For the rules, you have programming languages: those are PHP, Java, Ruby, Python. Those are the big ones. Most importantly though, there are web application frameworks. These are frameworks like Ruby on Rails. They help you build web apps really quickly and that’s what you need to know It's a very good reason to begin with them," Griffel believes.

After Mattan's inspirational speech, many people wanted to try the Rails in action. Experienced developers – the experts Vladimir Barsukov and Alexei Nikitin (both from and Oleg Sidorov (AltSpace) – came to the seminar to help the General Assembly's Moscow audience understand how and where it is necessary to apply the framework.

The audience swamped Alexei and Vladimir with questions. The issues were the difficulties of setting Rails up on a computer (a whole day can sometimes be spent on installation), how to go about writing in Ruby directly in a browser, and what guidebooks are to be trusted.

Then Oleg Sidorov went up on stage, and he spoke of other Ruby's advantages that had not been addressed in the original GA seminar: "I'll tell you a secret: Rails is not the only Ruby framework."

Oleg showed the Sinatra framework to the audience and proposed that anybody could create their first web service with him: "super-mini-twitter," a simple application for entering and displaying short messages that can be written in just a half an hour.

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