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.
Because this certificate program is 100 percent online, no visa is required and international students are welcome to apply. 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, University of Washington Continuum College
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
Courses are streamed online in real time from the classroom. You interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, using Adobe Connect web conferencing software. Assignments and other course materials are delivered through Canvas, a web-based learning management system that also serves as a communications hub.For added flexibility, each quarter you may view recordings of up to 40 percent of your class sessions instead of attending in real time. You also can attend the classroom sessions in person if space is available.
Our special blended programs combine the convenience of online study with the vibrancy of in-person classes for a unique learning experience.
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Attend class in person at one of our convenient locations. You’ll engage face to face with your classmates and instructors as part of a highly interactive curriculum. An online learning management system may be required to access some course materials and assignments.
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