The top 10 Ruby on Rails presentations of all time

Posted by Jordan on 05/19/2011 in Rails Tutorials.

We’ve scoured the web to bring you the ten very best Ruby on Rails presentations out there. These are not your run of the mill presentations with a boring dude on a microphone droning on for three and a half hours. Instead, these are chock full of great information that will help you learn about Ruby on Rails if you’re new, get insights into programming and the scope of the language, and learn a few helpful tricks along the way.

  1. How to build a blog engine in 15 minutes with Ruby on Rails by David Heinemeirer Hansson

    The name really says it all on this one. Hansson walks you through step by step, via video and sound, how to get a blog engine up and running in under 15 minutes. He doesn’t just tell you how to do it via text, but shows you exactly what he does step-by-step. If you’re a visual learner this will be perfect for you. Plus it really shows off just how useful and quick Ruby on Rails is.

  2. Get to the Point! By Ryan Platte and John W. Long

    The title of this presentation sums it up perfectly. This is a no-fluff summary of many key points of Ruby on Rails. It starts off with a definition of Ruby on Rails and goes on to cover topics such as: Clean Syntax, Classes and Methods, If Statements, Case Statements, and the list goes on and on. The presentation finishes off with a few places to start your Ruby on Rails journey.


  3. Ruby on Rails by Miguel Vega and Ezwan Eizat bin Abdullah Faiz

    These guys give a really well done overview of Rails. Their main focus of the presentation is to help programmers make computers their “slaves” and not the other way around.


  4. Ruby on Rails by Frederick Brunel

    Brunel does a great job in this PDF of covering the basics of Ruby on Rails. He begins by answering the questions “What is Ruby on Rails?” and “Why Ruby on Rails?”, but finishes with covering developing and deploying rails applications.

  5. Ruby on Rails 101 by Peter Marklund

    This is the beginners guide to Ruby on Rails. If you’re new to the Rails community, this is a great starting point. Marklund covers an introduction to rails, the Ruby language itself, and a whole host of other rails information you’re not going to want to miss out on.

  6. Rails Best Practices by iHower

    This application is a quick tutorial on the best practices when it comes to creating good code with Ruby on Rails. Don’t be turned off by some of the presentation not being in English. Once he moves to showing you the code, you’ll be able to follow right along.


  7. Introduction to Active Record by Evan Henshaw-Plath

    This presentation walks you through the basics of Active Record. It will help you understand how to connect objects to database tables to create a persistent domain model.



  8. Ruby on Rails by Joost Hietbrink

    This is another great introduction to Ruby on Rails. This presentation is great because it starts with a nice overview of the impact that Rails is having on the web (including the many websites and companies using it) and gives you a big-picture overview of Ruby on Rails.



  9. The top 10 reasons Ruby on Rails sucks by Vishnu Don’t let the title fool you. A little sarcasm is applied here. Vishnu covers all the reasons why people downplay Ruby on Rails and debunks a lot of the myths some programmers negatively believe about Rails.



  10. Get Satisfaction uses Ruby on Rails and Cloud computing In this video meets slide-show presentation Thor Muller gives a 45 minute presentation and Q&A session on how his team uses Ruby on Rails and cloud computing to achieve scalability and reliability. This is a great listen for those looking to expand their application, but have questions about how to do so.