Three reasons why learning Ruby on Rails can help you pursue a tech career in Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay is a beautiful place to prepare for a tech career. With an average winter temperature of 70 degrees and a median home price of just $163,000, it’s easy to see why companies like Publix, Jabil and TechData have made the Tampa area home for their headquarters and why one in every 94 U.S. tech workers lives in Tampa Bay. Add to that a new, direct connecting flight to San Francisco and Silicon Valley, and Tampa Bay may just be the next big player in the rapidly growing tech scene.

Taking your first steps toward a career in tech can seem daunting at first, but with new education options like coding bootcamps, students can prepare to pursue these opportunities.

The next big question, then, is choosing the programming language that’s right for you and your career goals. Though The Iron Yard offers several course options, Ruby on Rails could be a great place to start – particularly for those in the Tampa Bay area. 

“I believe Ruby makes for a perfect first language,” said Gavin Stark, The Iron Yard’s Ruby on Rails instructor in Tampa. “The language is very friendly to new developers and experienced developers alike. In addition to being a good first language, it is also very powerful, extensible and flexible. I have been developing in Ruby for more than 10 years and still learn new things all the time.”

Here are three reasons to learn Ruby on Rails:

  • It’s easy to understand: Many students walk into a Ruby on Rails bootcamp course thinking that code should be confusing and hard to read. They’re prepared for the process to be difficult, frustrating and definitely not fun. Luckily, Ruby on Rails dispels those myths quickly. Ruby on Rails is noted for being a beginner friendly language that is more intuitive than other languages and reads close to English prose. Ruby on Rails engineering also offers a set of standard components that will run on their own, should you choose not to customize them.
  • Widespread use: Ruby on Rails engineering can be found on many of the major websites we use on a daily basis. Companies like Hulu, Kickstarter, SoundCloud, and GitHub have all taken advantage of the versatility that Ruby on Rails offers. The beauty of Ruby on Rails is that it provides full stack framework. You can use it to cover both front and back end programming. Ruby on Rails engineering gives you the most bang for your buck by giving you skills that would normally have to come from two separate programming languages. Working in Rails also gives you control over your entire website and also exposes you to other languages, like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, in addition to Ruby. The exposure can help you leap off into another language later on in your programming journey.
  • Community: The Ruby community is highly regarded. Another one of our Ruby on Rails instructors, Jesse Wolgamott stated that, “The Ruby community is the nicest, most helpful, most forward-thinking and inclusive community that I’ve ever been part of. We give awards to people based on how helpful they are, not how great of a programmer they are. That selflessness is a defining asset of Ruby on Rails. The entire idea behind it is that developers should be happy when developing software. Too many developers spend their lives unhappy. People from all walks of life are learning Ruby on Rails, so it’s really helpful to have is a community where people are welcoming and want to be helpful.” And the Ruby community isn’t the only supportive group out there. The Rails engineering community has also publicly provided a large selection of software packages to help new programmers. These resources can help with anything from uploading files to accepting payments on your web app.

Want to learn more about Ruby on Rails in the Tampa Bay community? “The Tampa and St. Pete area has a fantastic Ruby community,” says Gavin. “I’ve been fortunate to help grow the community over the past 10 years with Jason Perry, our Front End instructor. Many local companies have active Ruby, and Ruby on Rails, projects and are starting new projects all the time. Ruby, and Rails, continue to adapt with changes in tools, development techniques and the demands of today’s applications. I look forward to another 10 great years of Ruby.”

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