How to Learn
- Bootcamps to Get You Started
Designed in Japan, Ruby is a general-purpose programming language that’s unique because it was designed to make programming fun. Featuring a syntax that reads a lot like English, Ruby is thought to be one of the most beginner-friendly programming languages, and new coders see results quickly when working with it. Since Ruby is a high-level language, it takes fewer lines of code to accomplish tasks with it; however, Ruby is slower and more resource-intensive than other options (e.g., Java). Ruby applications are also more difficult to maintain.
Ruby is most often used by web developers, usually in conjunction with the full-stack web framework Ruby on Rails. Web development as a whole is a growing field, and the job market is projected to increase by 13 percent between 2018 and 2028—much faster than the 5 percent projected growth rate across all occupations. The median salary for web developers in the U.S. is $70,000.
There are many bootcamps available for people interested in Ruby and web development. Some are for beginners, and others are intended for people with some experience. Below is a list of those, paired with information about course materials and student reviews of each course’s quality.