May 2011

May 17, 2011

6:00 - 7:30 PM


Levi Rosol / ScoreYard & Craftly


Setting Up a Rails Development Environment without Giving Steve Jobs Money

Ask almost any Rails developer what their biggest challenge in getting started with Rails was and chances are they will all roll their eyes and say the same thing: Setting up their development environment.

Although there are many options when it comes to Rails development environments, we will talk about setting up an Ubuntu-based development environment. Specifically a dual booted machine running Windows 7 as its existing OS.

The following topics will be covered:

  • How / Where to get Ubuntu - Creating the install USB drive (Yes, we will use 11.4)
  • Installing Ubuntu as a secondary OS
  • Install & Configure RVM
  • Install RubyMine
  • Pull down a project from GitHub
  • Using RubyMine and Bundler to manage Gems
  • Run the project locally
  • Create a new Heroku project and deploy to it

This topic will primarily appeal to beginning Rubyists or developers thinking about getting started with Rails. A lot of technologies will be covered at a high level, so come with questions. Also, bring a buddy. If you've talked about Ruby or Rails with someone who's interested in the language / framework, but are too intimidated to jump in blind, bring them along.

Meeting Location

Foundry Coworking
1312 Locust, Suite 204
Des Moines, Iowa, 50309

Downtown across from the world-class Pappajohn Sculpture Garden.

Wi-fi Internet access is available.

Click here for a map.

Dinner After the Meeting

If you can, please plan to join us for dinner at a local restaurant after the meeting.