Design, Develop and Deploy Ruby on Rails Applications
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Ruby is a gem of a programming language — elegant, open source and relatively easy to write. When combined with the Ruby on Rails framework, this server-side language allows you to build powerful Web-based and database-driven applications. Hulu, Airbnb and Twitch are just a few of the popular websites built with Ruby on Rails.
In this three-course certificate program, we’ll explore Ruby engineering best practices and learn how to develop and test applications on the Rails platform. You’ll get practical experience working in small teams on a Web application project that meets unique business requirements. Gain a comprehensive understanding of this flexible, dynamic programming language.
Those with programming experience in another object-oriented language, such as C++, C# or Java. Those with less experience should consider taking our course in Foundations of Programming first.
Individuals who have successfully completed the UW Certificate in C Programming, in C++ Programming, in Java Programming or in Visual Basic Programming are automatically accepted.
If you're not a native English speaker, you’ll need to have basic English language skills to participate in this program. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements.
To enroll in this program, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.
This is a hands-on course with in-class programming exercises as well as assignments to be completed outside of class, so students will be required to bring a laptop to class. The minimum requirement is Windows XP through Windows 7, although an Intel Mac or Linux platform is optimal.
You earn the certificate by regularly attending class and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Completing Your Program.
Graduates of the certificate programs in Java, Python and Ruby programming discuss the skills they gained from the programs and how the experience benefited their careers.
Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.
Ruby: The Core Language
Applications With Ruby on Rails
Advanced Topics in Ruby on Rails
Certificate in Ruby Programming
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View this program's advisory board.
Each of our programs uses an advisory board to review content, guide design and recommend updates to ensure the program remains current as the field of study evolves. By tapping the minds of the top thinkers, doers and leaders in the field, we offer a transformational learning experience. The following individuals serve as the advisory board for this program.
Rovy Branon, Vice Provost, UW Educational Outreach
Wayne Hiner, CRM Data Lead, Colliers International
Christina Maranto, Assistant Director, Academic Programs
Richard Ortega, Principal Software Development Engineer, iSoftStone (Boeing R&D/PD)
Nell Shamrell, Software Development Engineer, Blue Box Group
Will Sulzer, Senior Software Developer — Applications, Blue Box Group
Senior Software Engineer, Platform and API, Simply Measured
CRM Data Lead, Colliers International
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