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Where do we go from here?

Where do we go from here?

How to continue with coding: A guide to the post-Rails-Girls-event blues

alicetragedy

June 14, 2014
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  1. Where do we go
    from here?
    A guide to the post-RG-event blues

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  2. So you’ve attended
    a Rails Girls event.
    But how can you keep learning?

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  3. User Groups
    Find a ruby or rails user group in your city!

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  4. Study Groups
    Start one by bringing together attendees that are
    interested in improving their skills, and then:
    !
    1) Meet regularly.
    2) Discuss things you want to learn.
    3) Work together!

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  5. Don’t hesitate to
    ask for help
    Use the opportunity to “bond” with your Rails Girls
    coach at the event.
    Most of us love helping out and would be more than
    happy to give you some tips along the way!

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  6. Find a problem
    you’d like to solve
    To find your next project, think about something that
    annoys you in your daily life.
    !
    Try to figure out if you can solve it with the magical help
    of ruby!

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  7. Mix and Match
    Alternate between reading and building.
    !
    Play around with “safe” environments (like tryruby), but
    understand that they don’t replace the real thing.

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  8. Use every resource
    you can find
    Online Classes:
    !
    Codecademy (codecademy.com)
    Code School (codeschool.com)

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  9. Use every resource
    you can find
    Tutorials & Books:
    !
    Michael Hartl’s Ruby on Rails Tutorial
    (railstutorial.org/book)
    The Odin Project
    (theodinproject.com/ruby-on-rails)
    Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby

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  10. Use every resource
    you can find
    Screencasts/Podcasts:
    !
    RailsCasts (railscasts.com)
    RubyTapas (rubytapas.com)
    RubyRogues (rubyrogues.com)

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  11. Coach at Rails Girls
    Events
    It doesn’t take much (except a bit of courage) and, as an
    attendee, you’re already more than halfway there!
    !
    The organisers will adore you, you will learn A LOT and
    the attendees will have female coaches to look up to.

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  12. Contribute to
    existing projects
    It takes guts as a “newbie” to contribute to existing
    projects (eg. on GitHub).
    !
    But once you get the hang of it, it’s awesome.

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  13. Rails Girls Summer
    of Code
    Practice, practice, practice..
    So you can apply for a Rails Girls Summer of Code
    scholarship next year!

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  14. Don’t let anyone
    stop you
    The tech world is full of not-so-nice people.
    Sadly you can’t avoid them.
    !
    On the upside, there’s a lot of welcoming people in the
    ruby community, so let those balance each other out,
    and don’t give up too easily.

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  15. Thank you!
    @alicetragedy

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