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Best modern resources for learning Rails 6 and Ruby

vvo profile image Vincent Voyer Updated on ใƒป3 min read
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Ruby and Ruby On Rails books and tutorials are legion, but they are not always up to date nor complete. I did a lot of digging and reading to find the best ones and ranked them in order from standard to advanced material.

If you're eyeing Ruby on Rails and looking for a learning path to follow, this post is for you.

None of the links here are sponsored in any way. Not that I don't want to have sponsored links, I just don't know how to generate them.

๐Ÿค˜ Let's go.

Day one, morning: TryRuby

๐Ÿ”— https://ruby.github.io/TryRuby/

Try Ruby

This is a ~30 minutes interactive tutorial. It will get you trained on the essential Ruby data structures. I really enjoyed it. If you have experience in other programming languages this will be faster to follow.

Day one, afternoon: The official Getting Started from the Rails website

๐Ÿ”— https://guides.rubyonrails.org/getting_started.html

The offical Getting Started from the Rails website

It's a simple tutorial, but it can be a good way to endup your first day of learning Ruby and Rails.

Rest of the week Next two weeks: Learn Enough's Ruby on Rails tutorial

๐Ÿ”— https://www.learnenough.com/ruby-on-rails-6th-edition

Learn Enough's Ruby on Rails tutorial

This must be, by far, one of the oldest non-official Ruby on Rails tutorial (2010). Since it's a paying one, I was hesitant (you know, ๐Ÿ†“ stuff!) but you should not. Its content is of amazing quality. It's not just a copy and paste tutorial, you really do learn a lot of fine details of Ruby and Ruby on Rails.

Highly recommended.

Update November 29, 2019: It took me longer than a week to finish this tutorial, but it was worth it, here's the final result:

Rails tutorial application

โœ‹ Stop learning and build

At this point, you can stop learning intensively and actually build stuff.

But in the future, you might want to learn more, to scale, to optimize, to refactor. When that's the case, I plan on reading:

Any other recommendation? Add them in the comments. ๐Ÿ™

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I'd recommend spending a lot of time with Ruby itself before adding Rails to the picture. Ruby is a super-powerful language, almost like C++ when it comes to the number of language features you have available to solve any particular problem (which can be a good thing and a bad thing).

I tried learning Rails before without a concrete understanding of Ruby, and I succeeded in making a site, but my code wasn't elegant and nothing I learned soaked in because I was constantly having to go look things up and didn't understand Ruby enough for them to click in my head. I've been learning Ruby the past few months without even touching Rails and I've I still feel like I've only scratched the surface!


Thanks Scott! I guess experience differs for me here, using TryRuby and the Learn Enough Rails tutorial was sufficient for me to get enough Ruby to feel comfortable. I come from the JavaScript world also and actually the different language features and concept are similar, even if syntax differs.

I would maybe avoid spending months learning Ruby if your goal is to build a product, because it seems a very long time. But it depends on your needs.

Still, super important to learn Ruby first and then continue learning it yes.


Yeah, always learn ruby first. You'll enjoy rails more when you know how to write ruby.


Hey Vincent ! Are you switching to ruby from the Js wonnderland :) ?

Btw nice ressources here, i would add:

  • rubyweekly.com best newsletter with a valuable content each week
  • gorails.com a well done screencasts and a lot of interesting free contents

  • driftingRuby

And of course reading the actual source code of some famous osc gems, just open the gemfile, pick a gem and try to understand how it works


Thanks Chakib! I am still a JavaScript fan but for backends I am giving a try at Rails yep :)


Hey Vincent!

That's a nice collection here, I didn't know Ankane's Secure Rails - good stuff!

We've recently started our series focusing solely on Ruby on Rails configuration tutorials.

I'd appreciate any feedback, and keep up the good work!


Thanks for the comment! I went through the tutorials, very well written and with lots of content, congrats!

I'll add your resource to the list, it's relevant.