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Rails for Zombies

Basic Ruby Learning Platform


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Published 01/13/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Rails for Zombies make learning Ruby on Rails fun and entertaining. The user is presented with five videos. Each video is accompanied by an exercise that the user can complete in their web browser. The exercises help the user reinforce what they learned in the videos while testing themselves to see how well they understand each concept covered. The site includes a number of beginner resources as well as a Rails Best Practices page that supplies additional techniques to help the user clean up their code and enhance the quality of their work. Rails for Zombies II: Resurrected is also available and offers five more videos and 52 additional challenges to further the user’s understanding of this highly sought programming language.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Rails for Zombies was developed by EnvyLabs. The application was designed to give users a fun, entertaining way to discover the world of Ruby on Rails. Many people have sung praises for Rails for Zombies. The application gives users all the basics they need to begin erecting a foundation to help them learn more complicated concepts on. Many users pointed out the value of the exercises presented at the end of each video as a helpful learning tool.

What are the differences to other apps?

Educational applications have become very popular, especially in the realm of development. With more people exploring their abilities as developers, it seems only natural that applications like Rails for Zombies will begin to increase. The main defining factor noticed in Rails for Zombies is the application’s theme and style. The learning process feels more like a game as the user keeps score and works through each video lesson and exercise.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

There is a lot for the eyes to love when using Rails for Zombies. The interface favors a zombie first person shooter style design. Dark colors with hints of red and orange catch the eye. The user can easily monitor progress through the built in point system. Even though Rails for Zombies feels like a game, it contains a number of helpful learning tools that allow the user to expand their knowledge and skills.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can create a Rails for Zombies account by clicking the orange “Sign Up at Code School” button found near the center of the homepage. The user is asked to provide a name, email address, username and password. After completing the form, the user can click the orange “Place Your Order” button below it. Once the form has been submitted (which may take several seconds), the user is advised that they can begin accessing Rails for Zombies courses.

What does it cost to use the application?

Rails for Zombies offers its lessons to all users for free. The user only has to sign up to access the courses and exercises that come with them. The user should note that the registration form contains a shopping cart, which is displayed above the form. This will show at a $0 price even though it looks like a purchase. Code School offers other courses as well, however some of these may come with a fee.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Rails for Zombies is ideal for anyone who would like to learn the basics of Ruby on Rails. The application will be even more appealing to fans of zombie movies. The theme focuses entirely on light gore and zombie entertainment (which really gives Rails for Zombies a unique charm). The learning system is very easy to use and gives the user a short test to see how much information they retained.

  • Zombie game themed interface makes learning more entertaining
  • Progress score is kept so the user is encouraged to earn more points
  • Each video is accompanied by an exercise to reinforce concepts
  • Rails for Zombies II: Resurrected is available for advanced learning
  • Users can learn Ruby on Rails at their own pace


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