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edX: Agile Development Using Ruby on Rails - Basics

 with  Armando Fox and David Patterson

This intermediate computer programming course uncovers how to code long-lasting software using highly-productive Agile techniques to develop Software as a Service (SaaS) using Ruby on Rails. You will understand the new challenges and opportunities of SaaS versus shrink-wrapped software and learn to apply fundamental Rails programming techniques to the design, development, testing, and public cloud deployment of an Software as a Service (SaaS) application

Using best-of-breed tools that support modern development techniques including Behavior-Driven design, user stories, Test-Driven Development, velocity, and pair programming, learners will discover how modern programming language features in Ruby on Rails can improve productivity and code maintainability. 

Weekly coding projects and quizzes will be part of the learning experience in this SaaS course. Those who successfully complete the assignments and earn a passing grade can get a verified certificate from BerkeleyX. The videos and homework assignments have been updated to use Ruby 2, Rails 4 and RSpec 3. The new class also includes embedded live chat with Teaching Assistants and other students and remote pair programming with other students.

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Cost Free Online Course
Pace Self Paced
Subject Web Development
Provider edX
Language English
Calendar 8 weeks long
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19 reviews for edX's Agile Development Using Ruby on Rails - Basics

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3 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course, spending 15 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This is a very helpful course, but not for those just starting out with Ruby. At the time of enrollment, I was learning Ruby through its suggested Codecademy homeworks. Defnitely not enough. The quizzes were very difficult, for being semi-untimed and open-book. I watched every video and read every chapter, but there w Read More
This is a very helpful course, but not for those just starting out with Ruby. At the time of enrollment, I was learning Ruby through its suggested Codecademy homeworks. Defnitely not enough. The quizzes were very difficult, for being semi-untimed and open-book. I watched every video and read every chapter, but there were some stumpers. The class has you create a project, but the process of which is confusing. You have the process outlined by the textbook, and then that from the homeworks. Using the textbook as a guide, it leaves out some details of creating controllers or models.

I took the class for hopes of it teaching RSpec, but the whole first part (this course) is about Cucumber. It was very annoying because my job writes tests using RSpec and Capybara -- which looks far different than Cucumber testing. I am auditing the second half the course now.

Finally, it is VERY difficult to receive help on the course. The forum (stackexchange) is poorly managed -- you cannot tell the difference between Part 1 or 2 questions. You cannot get a hold of the actual professors, only moderators/TAs that do not have the best answers. After an assignment was due, people would ask questions about their code, but the code was removed by mods as it "broke edX honor system." .... The online chat from gitter is of no help, since only 3 users, at most, are active once a day.
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4 years ago
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Gabriel Candal completed this course.
Background: C++, Python - 2nd year computer science student. The course is well organized and you don't lose much time configuring your machine since they provide a ready-to-use VM. It is more of a general software engineering course than a SAAS one, that isn't necessarily bad, but you should be aware. If you do not Read More
Background: C++, Python - 2nd year computer science student.

The course is well organized and you don't lose much time configuring your machine since they provide a ready-to-use VM.

It is more of a general software engineering course than a SAAS one, that isn't necessarily bad, but you should be aware. If you do not know Ruby, be ready to spend a few hours learning it, the first homework is very challenging (in the good way, great job there!). Regarding other homeworks, I've heard they accept faulty code but my experience says otherwise: it evaluated what I did accurately.

They use Rails as a mean to teach SAAS as well as some development practices (BDD and TDD), but I don't know to what extent it was a good call to mixture those two subjects in such a short time; this way you can only grasp the concepts and even if you complete all the assignments that won't make you comfortable using them.
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful
3 years ago
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Mark Wilbur completed this course.
This was the first MOOC I ever completed. All in all, I enjoyed the experience. I learned the basics of how to use Ruby on Rails, and learned the basics of TDD. Also I got accustomed to writing code to pass automated graders. It wasn’t anything mind-blowing, but it was far better entry point than various other video-he Read More
This was the first MOOC I ever completed. All in all, I enjoyed the experience. I learned the basics of how to use Ruby on Rails, and learned the basics of TDD. Also I got accustomed to writing code to pass automated graders. It wasn’t anything mind-blowing, but it was far better entry point than various other video-heavy rails tutorials I had encountered. On the down side, the course was constantly making comparisons between Ruby and Java, which I hadn’t studied and was unrelated to the coursework. It would have been better to either make Java familiarity an explicit pre-requisite or else refrain from using it in lectures.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Jonathan partially completed this course.
One of the best online courses I've taken - really important field, great instructors from great university, and very practical. Bear in mind that it's not for beginners, some of the homework and quizzes are not trivial, and as weeks progress it requires more effort to stay on track (though they're course page now says Read More
One of the best online courses I've taken - really important field, great instructors from great university, and very practical. Bear in mind that it's not for beginners, some of the homework and quizzes are not trivial, and as weeks progress it requires more effort to stay on track (though they're course page now says that they're offering Mentive.co live sections for it, which could help.) Be prepared to work hard on this one, but it's going to be one of the most valuable online courses you had.
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful
2 years ago
Matteo Ferrara is taking this course right now.
It is just impressive the extend to which they have worked to fix the shortcomings of past iterations of the course.

Furthermore they were able to train and to make available 150 TAs, I have taken some Moocs, and I have never seen anything like take.
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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful
5 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent course which covers (together with CS169.2) the whole process of software development.

Excellent teachers. Excellent material and excellent prepared exercises.

Highly recommended to everybody who has basic experience in programming.
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0 out of 1 people found the following review useful
5 years ago
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Anonymous completed this course.
Amazing course. This is a very high quality level course.

It is quite challenging at the beginning (especially for people who do not know Ruby and who do not buy the book ;-)

It introduced me to TDD (Test Driven Development).

I strongly recommend it.

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3 years ago
Arnaud Olivier Lemaire Despretz completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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Class Central user completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
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Gustavo Henrique Mascarenhas Machado completed this course, spending 12 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
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