Ruby and Rails for System Administrators

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Course Overview

The Ruby and Rails for System Administrators training course covers all aspects of installing and configuring Ruby, Rails, and all dependency packages required for development, test, and production. The Ruby Administration course also covers running older and multiple versions, installing help, maintaining gems, implementing version control, configuring database servers, upgrading, and last, but not least, deployment.

Course Content

Version history of Ruby and platform variances
Version history of Rails

The Rails platform and ecosystem
Installing Ruby

Locating and installing Ruby binaries on Windows, Mac, and  Linux for Development environment   
Installing Ruby by compiling from source   

  • Why and when to do it
  • Identifying pre-requisites and resolving version differences
  • Working with package management tools
  • Installing dependency packages

Locating core and standard libraries, and requiring modules
Installing using RVM (Ruby Version Manger)  

  • Running multiple versions of Ruby
  • Resolving RVM requirements
    • Updating the RVM system: HEAD vs. STABLE
    • Using Homebrew, exploring Cellar structure, and creating formulas for Mac installs
    • Using apt-get, dkpg, portage, rpm, rug, synaptic, up2date, or yum
    • Best practices for local against system-wide installation
  • Resolving openssl and clang / gcc compile errors

Introduction to Ruby command-line tools   
Criteria for and testing successful Ruby installation   
Installing Ruby's help system   

  • Installing RI documentation
  • Installing RDoc or YARD
    • Building local ruby documentation per development installation
  • Building HTML or ri documentation from custom Ruby code

Introduction to Ruby Gems   

  • Installing and removing Ruby gems
    • Resolving or skipping errors (commonly rdoc)
  • Resolving or skipping errors (commonly rdoc)
  • Maintaining local gems
  • Creating .gemspec files and exploring attributes

Creating .gemspec files and exploring attributes   

  • Introduction to IRB (Interactive Ruby Shell)
  • Common Ruby commands
    • Requiring v. loading modules

Requiring v. loading module   

  • Installing database servers for development, test, and production
    • Installing database servers for development, test, and production
    • Planning the switch from SQLite to production database servers
  • Locating database drivers for Ruby and installing them using custom switches
    • Drivers for MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, and FireBird
  • Drivers for MySQL, PostgreSQL, SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, and FireBird

Installing Rails   

  • Installing Rails as a gem
  • Criteria for and testing a successful Rails installat
  • Creating a new application
  • Understanding Rails top-level directory structure
  • Building local Rails documentation per development installation
  • Building a local or shared documentation server
    • WEBrick vs. Apache (or other installed server)
    • Locating and killing the Rails HTTP process
  • Upgrading Rails


  • Why GIT matters for Ruby and/or Rails development
    • Git's easy branching and merging encourages experimentation
    • GitHub is social networking for coders and hosts both Ruby and Rails repositories
    • Using Git with Rails works well with Subversion repositories
    • Installing Git from binaries
    • Hooks for pre-commit and post-checkout
  • Analyzing Git's logging mechanism
  • Altering commits
    • Best practices reset, cherry-pick, and revert
    • Rebasing commits
  • Cloning remote repositories

Rails Convention vs. Configuration   

  • Effect of different versions when creating Rails apps
  • The Gemfile
  • Tracking dependencies with Bundler
  • Automating tasks using Rake
  • Creating, running, and rolling back migrations
  • Setting database parameters
  • Setting environments for development, test, and production
  • Using the Rails console to examine running development, test, or production applications
  • Installing Rails plugins
  • Upgrading a Rails app

Deploying Rails   

  • Switching from SQLite3 and WEBrick to Apache, MySQL, and Passenger
  • Using Git, Bundler, and Capistrano for remote deployment
  • Managing log files: planning rollover, archival, and even deletion

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Course was quite helpful in terms of understanding of concepts and practicality. Its really a very friendly environment to learn. The timing were mutually chosen, as we both are working professional. I am quite satisfied with the course.


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