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General Discussion

John Goldring
John Goldring
634 Points

How do you build a site like Treehouse?

I'm curious... what type of programming/languages are used to build a robust community site like this here on Treehouse?

I remember one of the videos saying that Ruby was used on the backend but I'm sure someone else can provide much more details. I'm quite curious myself too. ^_^

Nathan Tallack
Nathan Tallack
22,158 Points

(laugh) I'd be very surprised to see a mod or staffer respond to this question.

It's like asking CocaCola to tell you what their formula is. ;)

3 Answers

John Goldring
John Goldring
634 Points

I'm not asking for a GitHub link to the code. I'm just curious on what's being used to build something like this. But, ehhh. Maybe you're right.

Ricky Catron
Ricky Catron
13,023 Points

Well I used to be a mod so take that Nathan Tallack. Treehouse is built on Ruby and Rails with so much customization builtin like Workspaces which is based on the Brackets editor. For a better breakdown check the link Gianmarco Mazzoran . But it could be built on any platform. If I tried to rebuild it I would use Python and Django because that is what I am comfortable with. It could also be done with Go, PHP, .Net, or a number of others. If you wanted to build a huge site like this in a decent amount of time you almost certainly need a framework like Rails, Django, or Laravel.

What sets Treehouse apart however is their business strategy and policies like the shortened work week, bringing on moderators, and the video, test, project combination.