Learning Ruby on Rails with Heroku Episode 1

Ever since I saw Heroku I wanted to use it for a screencast on learning Ruby on Rails. This weekend I finished the very first episode! This episode is fairly light on Ruby on Rails content because I was so focused on screencasting and learning all about video and audio production for the web.

So take a look and tell me what you think. I used Vimeo for hosting the video. I also produced the video in HD… however I didn’t realize that Vimeo only streams the HD content on their site, not the embedded video. So to view the best possible video you should view it on Vimeo. here is the link. You can make it full screen and enjoy the HD in all its glory.

Please feel free to leave some constructive criticism regarding the screencast. This way I can make some changes before I start pushing this out more regularly.

In this first episode of Learning Ruby on Rails with Heroku:

  1. Introduction
  2. Goal of this screencast series
  3. What is Heroku?
  4. Getting an account
  5. Creating your first Ruby on Rails application
  6. Basic navigation of Heroku

Learning Ruby on Rails with Heroku Episode 1 from Matthew Carriere on Vimeo.


  1. says

    Really good screencast. Very easy to follow for us just getting started in Rails. I’m really excited to build my online portfolio in rails to implement an easy way to update my content as well as allow user interaction. Hopefully your screencasts and Heroku will help get things going. Thanks.

  2. Anita Kuno says

    Nice work, Matthew. Voice – very clear, nice pacing, good speaking voice, nice choice of words, thanks for explaining your terms. Audio – good quality, good volume, audible even with background noise, also audio and video appeared to be in sync. Nice! Visual – appearance in this blog is sufficient for me, I didn’t go to the Vimeo site but thanks for noting the option. Contrast was adequate and cursor movements were clear. Frame rate seems to be adequate, movements were smooth. General – thank you for outlining your goal for the screencast as well as the series. The agenda above the video window was wonderful — nice touch. Seven minutes seems to be a good amount of time to be able to watch the video in one sitting. Possible suggestion — how would you feel about including the runtime in the text above the window? I know it is available in a popup in the video prior to starting it, but it might be nice to have in the text as well. And perhaps I missed it, but do you have an RSS feed? I would like to subscribe to the series so I can watch when the next one is available. Thanks, Anita.

  3. says

    Great screencast – clear and concise. I think Anita Kuno sums it up pretty well. Just one question, how good should my Ruby skills be before trying this all out? (When you get to the code that is)

  4. says

    @gzur – my next screencast, which should be finished by the weekend, will cover some basic ruby. If you are familiar with any other programming language then the learning curve shouldn’t be too steep… it is just a matter of learning to do things “the ruby way”.

  5. Dan Hodgins says

    Great screencast. I have fiddled a bit with Heroku, but it would be great to learn more. I am particularly interested in how to deal with Rails models in Heroku. Looking forward to the next few screencasts! Cheers, Dan Hodgins Vancouver, BC

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