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Ruby Build a Todo List Application with Rails 4 Build a Todo List Application with Rails 4 Write Our First Tests

Adam Kempin
Adam Kempin
9,586 Points

I'm sorry but this Ruby on Rails track was going so well until this - why is nothing ever explained suddenly?

I know this may be somewhat hyperbolic, but this Ruby on Rails track has gone from brilliant to barely understandable in the course of one or two lessons. What was the reason to increase the learning curve so drastically? Why does it feel that nothing is adequately explained any more, and why are there no periodic tests and revision sessions anymore?

This course was going great until Rspec. I am managing to keep the code going with no mistakes and the application is working , but I have very little idea of what it is that I am actually doing. Is there something else I should be doing instead of this Todo list application at this stage?

Pavel Razuvayev
Pavel Razuvayev
4,128 Points

Check out Michael Hartl's tutorial for cross reference. It's not a prerequisite but I like to use multiple sources, since it's free for online reading you should check it out as well.

There is a lot to learn with Rails but the good thing is that it's practical for real world development. Reading docs should help us well.

Seconded Adam's post. I'm able to follow the videos and get the same results, but I don't understand why I'm doing these steps anymore and I don't feel like I'm retaining any practical knowledge to practice and experiment on my own.

I'd love to know if there are any other Treehouse tracks that would help prep for Rails. Until then, I'll check out Hartl's book and will have to look for other resources.

I m totaly with you guys, I mean over all the other courses in treehouse, I got that thing that all of us may be having, like when something wasnt so clear for us or were applying it just by common use, and then you have a course at treehouse, and you're like : " Aaaaahhhh .. ! noooow I get why we used to do that or that ". in this particular course, I totaly lost that feeling, like am doing the same steps as the teacher but not reaaaally getting aaall whats going on for real ! anyway, I dt think anyone is interested in knowing what we re experimenting ! I m really sad that I have to say that bout such a great school :( !

3 Answers

Bob Finkle
Bob Finkle
2,787 Points

I have to 'third' Adams post Michael Hartl's book is making my life way easier. I would suggest that be a starting point for rails development.

Eli E
Eli E
10,142 Points

The beginner courses are well organized to draw you in and intermediate + are impossible so you have to rewatch them and stay subscribed until one day when you actually figure some of it out

Here's two additional resources that are really helping me wrap my head around this track.

Understanding MVC Architecture - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mQjtk2YDkM

Jumpstartlab Blogger App - http://tutorials.jumpstartlab.com/projects/blogger.html#i1:-form-based-workflow

I'm working my way through the Blogger tutorial now and I plan on redoing the Rails Todo App track when I get a better handle on MVC and how everything works together.