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By Chloe Fisher

Almost 60 new Sydney Ruby on Rails developers created!

Last night saw our third and biggest ever Ruby on Rails InstallFest, held at Fairfax Media. With over 20 people from varying backgrounds (Pharmacists, School Teachers, Real Estate Agents and more) coming along to get started and learn all about Ruby on Rails.

For the first time, we combined our two evening Meetup into one information packed event! As attendees arrived, we got down to business, installed Rails and sent them on their way! Our Developers jumped around the room to help and answer any questions, as attendees powered on and built their first Ruby on Rails application!

Once their app had been pushed live to the world wide web, our newbies had to pretty it up and added some colour and style to their new blogs!

After being pushed into the deep end, and spending the evening coding with Ruby on Rails, it was time to give our newbies a break from their hard work! While they munched away on their pizza, Founder of reInteractive Mikel Lindsaar gave them an introduction to Ruby on Rails and shared a bunch of his awesome tips and tricks.

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A great night was had a by all, but don’t take our word for it! Here is what some of our Ruby on Rails newbies had to say:

“Wonderful initiative for the RoR Community to get the word out...have been looking for this help for ages.” - Julian Blok

“Very well done, good atmosphere, right pace.” - Reg Paling

“Professional, powerful and great assistance Tim and Len” - Peter James

“Great, easy experience. Great to have experts on hand when you get stuck, meet others, good food and vibe. Thanks!” - Kevin Truong

“Very pleased. Everyone was friendly and approachable and the free food is a really nice gesture.” - Jesse Black

“Fantastic idea and great to be a new member of the RoR Community” - Richard Taggart

“I just got home and finished the first two lessons, thank you very much, was awesome, really interesting. I hope to keep learning and join the Development Hub.” - Agustín Gambina

“Very worthwhile I would definitely recommend to anyone interested in the language” - Paul Anderson

“Awesome, learned a lot in a little time” - Joshua Paling

“Really helpful, I just sent the invitation for next month's Installfest to my friends. I hope they can make it.” - Rudy Lee

“InstallFest was excellent. I learned lot of things about Ruby. Really really helpful. Thanks guys!!!” - Kiri Kamal

“Thanks to everyone who helped out. Got my blog online and now I'm going to burn through the next 5 posts!” - Tom Bass

"Got ruby on rails setup and running on my pc, and published online on Heroku. Great intro to rails.” - Hans Halim

“If needed, I can witness that Mikel won't let you leave until your installation is complete:) ! And yes, after that you can learn to be a RoR master.” - Guillaume Ang

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