The Best Resources to Learn Ruby on Rails

A great tool for building powerful applications quickly, Ruby is a versatile programming language used primarily for web programming, while Rails is a framework for building websites that combines Ruby with other tools to make building a website easier. Think of Rails as giving Ruby extended web-application-building superpowers.

Here are some of the best resources to learn Ruby on Rails

Rails for Zombies

Rails for Zombies is a fun dash through the basics, just beware of the zombies…


Ruby in Twenty Minutes

This is a simple and easy Ruby tutorial and takes only 20 minutes to complete. You should have installed Ruby before starting this tutorial.



The Koans will walk you along the path to enlightenment in order to learn Ruby. The goal is to learn the Ruby language, syntax, structure, and some common functions and libraries.


Ruby on Rails Tutorial

Is a free online version of the Michael Hartl book — not for fresh beginners but great for Rails. Just click on “Read Online Free” or purchase the actual book.


Rails Girls

May be aimed at the ladies, but it’s great for everyone. Primarily formatted as outlines for teachers to use, these are also handy for teaching yourself.


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