Someone asked me today how to strengthen their application for apprentice.io.
Here is my response, which is what I believe gets you from a beginner to a job as a Rails developer.
- Launch a simple Rails application. You’ll learn more in this process than you will any other way.
- Beef up your GitHub page with solid, well-written, small code examples.
- Write some tests in RSpec. Try to get to 100% coverage (use simplecov to check)
- Get excellent at Ruby. Read everything on this page: https://learn.thoughtbot.com/ruby
- Work through Agile Development in Ruby on Rails, Michael Hartl’s tutorial
- Start reading about refactoring. Know what ‘good code’ means.
- Learn Vim. Just stick with it and you’ll be faster.
- Read Ruby Weekly
- Listen to Ruby Rogues podcast
- Check Hacker News and read up on current events
- Attend meetups and hack nights. Work on a project with someone else. Learn from them and say thanks.
- Keep in touch with everyone you met, send them emails, have coffee with them.
- Join a Ruby mailing list (not ruby6) and participate.
- Know everything about people/companies before you meet them (Tweets/Blogs/Linkedin/Googling).
- Show up 10-15 minutes early for interviews.
- Put on a jacket.
- Be humble.