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Teaching the First Rails Course in Sweden

In the last week of June I had the privilege of teaching the 5 day Ruby on Rails course I Go Ruby at the wonderful Ulvhäll Herrgård in Strängnäs, just a one hour train ride west of Stockholm. To the best of my knowledge it was the first Ruby on Rails course held in Sweden, and this of course made us feel special. The relaxed location and format of the course - a summer camp with a small group of students - also worked well to create a pleasant atmosphere.

I have previously taught evening courses in Ruby on Rails at companies like Great Works and Connecta, but this was the first time that I got to teach a longer course. We had a small group of eight students with very different experience levels and this of course posed quite a challenge for me. I found that my exercises were a tad too difficult and also that I was possibly covering too much material, at least for the less experienced students.

I developed all of the course material myself - over 300 slides plus exercises - a major undertaking consuming about a month of full time work. The basic contents of the course roughly corresponds to the Agile Web Development with Rails book, but important additions were made in areas such as Ruby, testing, and Rails 2.0.

There are tentative plans to make the course material available online at an affordable price. I am also hoping to offer two day Rails courses in Stockholm during the autumn. Eventually I'd like to offer a two day introductory course, and then one or more advanced one or two day courses on advanced topics. Stay tuned for announcements on this, and let me know if you are interested.