Why is it so difficult to find Junior Ruby on Rails dev roles?

On the Job Hunt? Try this one thing to get experience as an early career Ruby dev

鈥淲hy is it so difficult to find Junior Ruby on Rails dev roles?" You have finished multiple online courses, workshops and might even read some books to learn Ruby. You start job hunting and you struggle to land a position because of your lack of experience. So how do you get experience with large Ruby and Rails apps when no one wants to hire early-career devs? It鈥檚 a tough market for any early-career dev with little to no experience, so it鈥檚 no different with Ruby....

May 29, 2021 路 4 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Rails Conf 2021

Rails Conf 2021 Talks for Early Career Devs

Now that all Rails Conf 2021 talks, keynotes and workshops are available on YouTube, you might be wondering which ones you should watch first. If you are just getting started with your Rails or programming journey, here鈥檚 a list of 6 talks for you (with resources): 1. Implicit to Explicit: Decoding Ruby鈥檚 Magical Syntax by Justin Gordon [Talk] Do you wish you could understand better what Rails does under the hood?...

May 17, 2021 路 3 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Contributing to Ruby on Rails: no good first issue :(

Contribute to Ruby on Rails: filtering & reproducing issues

In the last Open Source Thursdays live, Thiago and I shared how we chose a few issues that looked promising for us. By the end of the post, you鈥檒l learn how to filter issues, and how to start contributing to Rails by reproducing a bug. How to choose your first Ruby on Rails issue Which one from the +300 open issues should you pick? We tried breaking this process down into 2 parts: filtering them by labels, then choosing one that seems easier to fix....

May 11, 2021 路 2 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Improve your coding skills by contributing to open source projects with the hexdevs team

Open Source Thursdays

What is Open Source Thursdays? Open Source Thursdays is a new project from the hexdevs team, aka me and Thiago. We started this project because we鈥檝e always wanted to contribute to rails! So we thought, why not do it live so more people can join us? Our goal is to make open source contributions more popular. Neither of us has done this before. The plan is to get there and do everything live, no preparing in advance....

May 8, 2021 路 1 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Will getting a dev internship help getting experience to eventually land a job as an entry-level dev?

Should I Get an Internship or Keep Practicing my Coding Skills?

If you鈥檙e someone who decided to change careers to work as a web developer, then you might be having a hard time trying to land your first job. You aren鈥檛 alone. We all have heard that there are tons of tech jobs in the market but there aren鈥檛 qualified professionals to fulfill them. So you go and spend days doing online courses and getting certifications so you can join the wave....

May 8, 2021 路 4 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Contributing to Ruby on Rails for the first time!

How to Contribute to Ruby on Rails Open Source project

Step 1: Decide to find one open-source project to contribute 馃槑 Step 2: Keep looking 馃憖 Step 3: They are all intimidating, is that normal? 馃槕 Step 4: What if I contributed to a project I have lots of experience with, like rails? I鈥檇 love to understand more about this tool I use every day 馃 Step 5: OMG, the code is huge and scary, Will this even run on my machine?...

April 28, 2021 路 4 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Is Ruby still alive in 2021

Will I Find Work if I Learn Ruby in 2021

Ruby is keeping you interested in transitioning to the software development world. But you鈥檙e not sure you鈥檙e gonna be employable. You might have heard that you should just choose JavaScript because, you know, everyone is saying Ruby is a dying domain. But you don鈥檛 see yourself keeping up with the Kardashians traditional JS web dev world. You鈥檝e heard that there are plenty of Ruby/Rails jobs out there. But how do you get your first one as an early career dev?...

April 20, 2021 路 2 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Is going with Rails API-only the best suitable alternative for your use case?

Should you create a new Rails app as API-only?

Before you get too excited and run rails new thecoolest --api on your terminal, it might be a good idea to take some time to consider what your needs are. How different is a Rails API-only from a full-stack Rails app? As you can see in the image below, the API-only is a lighter version of a full stack Rails app: The reason why it鈥檚 lighter is because Rails API-only won鈥檛 render HTML pages, handle user sessions & cookies, nor display any assets....

April 5, 2021 路 2 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
5 ways to authenticate your Rails API

5 Ways to Handle Your Rails API Authentication

Which authentication strategy should you use for Rails API? How to implement a secure authentication strategy is by the far the most confusing part of building an API. It鈥檚 important to evaluate your app requirements before choosing any strategy in the first place to avoid any security implications. To help you figure out which authentication strategy is the best for your case, here are 5 possible solutions for you: Rails API-only If your API is running as a standalone app and you don鈥檛 need a web interface of any sort, then a header-based token auth might be enough....

April 1, 2021 路 3 min 路 Stefanni Brasil
Is Ruby still running on Rails?

Is Ruby on Rails Still Relevant in 2021?

鈥淢aybe Python or Go is a better choice? Or even Javascript?鈥 If you鈥檝e been asking yourself these questions, this post is for you. When I was learning how to code in 2016, Ruby on Rails was trending and every startup was using it. It was obvious that learning Rails would be an easy way to get my first dev job. We鈥檙e in 2021, though, and things have changed. The answer to 鈥淚s Rails still relevant?...

February 22, 2021 路 2 min 路 Stefanni Brasil