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  • 1. Writing and Running Ruby Programs

  • 2. Ruby Data Types and Operations

    • Overview
    • Arrays
    • Exercise 2.01: Performing Simple Operations on Arrays
    • Exercise 2.01: Performing Simple Operations on Arrays
    • Exercise 2.02: Performing Complex Operations on Arrays
    • Exercise 2.02: Performing Complex Operations on Arrays
    • Hashes
    • Exercise 2.03: Converting a Time String to a Hash
    • Exercise 2.03: Converting a Time String to a Hash
    • Ruby Methods
    • Activity 2.01: Dice Roller Program
    • Summary
    • Quiz 2
  • 3. Program Flow

    • Overview
    • Boolean Operators
    • Exercise 3.01: Implementing Boolean Operators
    • Exercise 3.01: Implementing Boolean Operators
    • Conditional Expressions
    • Comparison
    • Exercise 3.02: Creating a Method to Check Your Balance
    • Exercise 3.02: Creating a Method to Check Your Balance
    • The case/when Statement
    • The Ternary Operator
    • Exercise 3.03: Speed Determiner
    • Exercise 3.03: Speed Determiner
    • Loops
    • Exercise 3.04: Developing a Mind Reader
    • Exercise 3.04: Developing a Mind Reader
    • The until/do Loop
    • Exercise 3.05: Developing an Arbitrary Math Method
    • Exercise 3.05: Developing an Arbitrary Math Method
    • Activity 3.01: Number-Guessing Game
    • Summary
    • Quiz 3
  • 4. Ruby Methods

    • Overview
    • The Basic Structure of the Ruby Method
    • Return Values
    • Exercise 4.01: Performing Operations on an Array
    • Exercise 4.01: Performing Operations on an Array
    • The Splat Operator
    • Exercise 4.02: Creating a Method to Take Any Number of Parameters
    • Exercise 4.02: Creating a Method to Take Any Number of Parameters
    • Duck Typing
    • Sending a Message
    • Exercise 4.03: Using the Math Library to Perform Mathematical Operations
    • Exercise 4.03: Using the Math Library to Perform Mathematical Operations
    • Exercise 4.04: Performing Method Operations with the Time Module
    • Exercise 4.04: Performing Method Operations with the Time Module
    • Activity 4.01: Blackjack Card Game
    • Summary
    • Quiz 4
  • 5. Object-Oriented Programming with Ruby

    • Overview
    • Classes and Objects
    • Getters and Setters
    • Exercise 5.01: Modeling a Company's Organizational Chart Using Classes
    • Exercise 5.01: Modeling a Company's Organizational Chart Using Classes
    • Class Methods
    • Exercise 5.02: Generating URLs for Sharing Content on Social Platforms
    • Exercise 5.02: Generating URLs for Sharing Content on Social Platforms
    • Inheritance
    • Exercise 5.03: Modelling a Class for Location Addresses
    • Exercise 5.03: Modelling a Class for Location Addresses
    • Encapsulation
    • Exercise 5.04: Demonstrate the Visibility Rules of Ruby Methods
    • Exercise 5.04: Demonstrate the Visibility Rules of Ruby Methods
    • Bypassing Visibility
    • Activity 5.01: Voting Application for Employee of the Month
    • Summary
    • Quiz 5
  • 6. Modules and Mixins

    • Overview
    • Including Modules
    • Exercise 6.01: Controlling the Operations of Services in an Application
    • Exercise 6.01: Controlling the Operations of Services in an Application
    • Inheritance with Module Methods
    • extend
    • Exercise 6.02: Extending Your Modules with Class and Instance Methods
    • Exercise 6.02: Extending Your Modules with Class and Instance Methods
    • Exercise 6.03: Using Module Functions to Extend Classes
    • Exercise 6.03: Using Module Functions to Extend Classes
    • Importing Modules as Class Methods using Extended
    • Exercise 6.04: Writing a Module to Define Payment Methods for a Product Application
    • Exercise 6.04: Writing a Module to Define Payment Methods for a Product Application
    • Module Methods
    • Namespaces
    • Exercise 6.05: How to Reuse Constants with a Namespace
    • Exercise 6.05: How to Reuse Constants with a Namespace
    • prepend
    • Exercise 6.06: Prepending Modules to Classes
    • Exercise 6.06: Prepending Modules to Classes
    • Activity 6.01: Implementing Categories on the Voting Application Program
    • Summary
    • Quiz 6
  • 7. Introduction to Ruby Gems

    • Overview
    • RubyGems and the require Method
    • Using Gems in Your Code
    • Exercise 7.01: Installing and Using a Ruby Gem
    • Exercise 7.01: Installing and Using a Ruby Gem
    • File I/O
    • Handling CSV Data
    • Exercise 7.02: Reading Data from a .csv File and Printing a Few Columns
    • Exercise 7.02: Reading Data from a .csv File and Printing a Few Columns
    • Reading Data from a .csv File Using CSV.foreach
    • Writing Data
    • Exercise 7.03: Writing an Array of Users to a CSV File
    • Exercise 7.03: Writing an Array of Users to a CSV File
    • Service Objects
    • Exercise 7.04: Building a Service Object
    • Exercise 7.04: Building a Service Object
    • Activity 7.01: Presenting Voting Data in CSV Format Using Ruby Gems
    • Summary
    • Quiz 7
  • 8. Debugging with Ruby

    • Overview
    • Logging and Debugging
    • Basic Logging
    • Exercise 8.01: Logging User Information
    • Exercise 8.01: Logging User Information
    • Exercise 8.02: Creating a Basic Exception Logger
    • Exercise 8.02: Creating a Basic Exception Logger
    • Setting Log Levels by String
    • Exercise 8.03: Creating a Rolling Log File
    • Exercise 8.03: Creating a Rolling Log File
    • Debugging
    • Exercise 8.04: Debugging with byebug
    • Exercise 8.04: Debugging with byebug
    • Debugging with Visual Studio Code
    • Exercise 8.05: Debugging with Visual Studio Code
    • Exercise 8.05: Debugging with Visual Studio Code
    • Activity 8.1: Perform Debugging on a Voting Application
    • Summary
    • Quiz 8
  • 9. Ruby Beyond the Basics I

    • Overview
    • Metaprogramming
    • Exercise 9.01: Building a Simple Calculator
    • Exercise 9.01: Building a Simple Calculator
    • block_given? with Blocks
    • Exercise 9.02: Building a Flight Status Display System
    • Exercise 9.02: Building a Flight Status Display System
    • The proc Object
    • Exercise 9.03: Performing the sum Function on a Range of Numbers
    • Exercise 9.03: Performing the sum Function on a Range of Numbers
    • Exercise 9.04: Calculating Profit Using proc on an Input Price List
    • Exercise 9.04: Calculating Profit Using proc on an Input Price List
    • Exercise 9.05: Creating a Program to Sum a Range of Numbers Using Lambdas
    • Exercise 9.05: Creating a Program to Sum a Range of Numbers Using Lambdas
    • proc versus lambda
    • Activity 9.01: Invoice Generator
    • Summary
    • Quiz 9
  • 10. Ruby Beyond the Basics II

    • Overview
    • Metaprogramming – A Deep Dive
    • Exercise 10.01: Opening the Ruby String Class to Add a New Method to it
    • Exercise 10.01: Opening the Ruby String Class to Add a New Method to it
    • Monkey Patching
    • Exercise 10.02: Using Monkey Patching to Add/Subtract Values
    • Exercise 10.02: Using Monkey Patching to Add/Subtract Values
    • method_missing
    • Exercise 10.03: Managing Ghost Methods for the Company Class
    • Exercise 10.03: Managing Ghost Methods for the Company Class
    • The Define Method
    • Exercise 10.04: Creating a Welcome Message Program Using
    • Exercise 10.04: Creating a Welcome Message Program Using define_method
    • HTTP Requests
    • Exercise 10.05: Creating a Ruby Program to Make a Successful GET Request
    • Exercise 10.05: Creating a Ruby Program to Make a Successful GET Request
    • Status Codes
    • Exercise 10.06: Creating a POST Request Using Ruby
    • Exercise 10.06: Creating a POST Request Using Ruby
    • Exercise 10.07: Creating Your Own Ruby Gem
    • Exercise 10.07: Creating Your Own Ruby Gem
    • Activity 10.01: Implementing GET and POST Data to an External Server
    • Summary
    • Quiz 10
  • 11. Introduction to Ruby on Rails I

    • Overview
    • Generating Our First Rails App
    • Exercise 11.01: Generating a Simple Rails Application
    • Exercise 11.01: Generating a Simple Rails Application
    • Anatomy of a Rails application
    • Exercise 11.02: Replacing the Default Page
    • Exercise 11.02: Replacing the Default Page
    • Exercise 11.03: Displaying a Page Heading from the Value Served from Its Action
    • Exercise 11.03: Displaying a Page Heading from the Value Served from Its Action
    • Exercise 11.04: Adding a Resource to the Rails Application
    • Exercise 11.04: Adding a Resource to the Rails Application
    • Models, Migrations, and Databases
    • Exercise 11.05: Creating a Review Model for CitiReview
    • Exercise 11.05: Creating a Review Model for CitiReview
    • The Rails Console
    • Exercise 11.06: Completing the Reviews Web Application
    • Exercise 11.06: Completing the Reviews Web Application
    • Activity 11.01: Adding Authentication for the Review Application
    • Summary
    • Quiz 11
  • 12. Introduction to Ruby on Rails II

    • Overview
    • Associations
    • Exercise 12.01: Creating a Model to Enable Users to Comment on Reviews on the CitiReview Application
    • Exercise 12.01: Creating a Model to Enable Users to Comment on Reviews on the CitiReview Application
    • Validations
    • Exercise 12.02: Adding Validation for the CitiReview Application
    • Exercise 12.02: Adding Validation for the CitiReview Application
    • Exercise 12.03: Using Rails Scaffolding to Create a Rails Application for a Store with a List of Products
    • Exercise 12.03: Using Rails Scaffolding to Create a Rails Application for a Store with a List of Products
    • Activity 12.01: Create a Blog Application and Host It Live on a Cloud Platform
    • Summary
    • Quiz 12
  • Activity Solutions

    • Activity 1.01: Generating Email Addresses Using Ruby Solution
    • Activity 1.01: Generating Email Addresses Using Ruby
    • Activity 1.02: Calculating the Area and Perimeter of a Candy Manufacturing Plant
    • Activity 1.02: Calculating the Area and Perimeter of a Candy Manufacturing Plant
    • Activity 2.01: Dice Roller Program
    • Activity 2.01: Dice Roller Program
    • Activity 3.01: Number-Guessing Game
    • Activity 3.01: Number-Guessing Game
    • Activity 4.01: Blackjack Card Game
    • Activity 4.01: Blackjack Card Game
    • Activity 5.01: Voting Application for Employee of the Month
    • Activity 5.01: Voting Application for Employee of the Month
    • Activity 6.01: Implementing Categories on the Voting Application Program
    • Activity 6.01: Implementing Categories on the Voting Application Program
    • Activity 7.01: Presenting Voting Data in CSV Format Using Ruby Gems
    • Activity 7.01: Presenting Voting Data in CSV Format Using Ruby Gems
    • Activity 8.1: Perform Debugging on a Voting Application
    • Activity 8.1: Perform Debugging on a Voting Application
    • Activity 9.01: Invoice Generator
    • Activity 9.01: Invoice Generator
    • Activity 10.01: Implementing GET and POST Data to an External Server
    • Activity 10.01: Implementing GET and POST Data to an External Server
    • Activity 11.01: Adding Authentication for the Review Application
    • Activity 11.01: Adding Authentication for the Review Application
    • Activity 12.01: Create a Blog Application and Host It Live on a Cloud Platform
    • Activity 12.01: Create a Blog Application and Host It Live on a Cloud Platform
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