By Atika Lim with additional reporting by Kenneth Koh.
Got some basic Ruby On Rails skills down pat? Great on you!
Here are some things you can do to help improve your Ruby skills below:
Consider Doing Code Katas
Originating in 1999, the term ‘code kata’ was used in The Pragmatic Programmer, a book by Dave Thomas. In his book, Dave highlighted the need for programmers to constantly evolve and train their coding efficiency by consistently practicing.
Essentially, the practice of code kata involves working on a coding problem every day and implementing different functions with increased difficulty each day.
The objective of the kata practice is to make little improvements to your coding skills and to help you think about the issues behind programming.
Code Better With Games
Games like Ruby Warrior teach you to code in Ruby while simultaneously having fun. The game progresses in difficulty so you’re forced to challenge your skills.
Contribute To Open Source Projects
One of the best ways to learn and improve your skills is to get involved in projects that require real-time assistance. So, if you want to contribute to open source projects available on the web, look at sites like GitHub’s Ready Responder and Up For Grabs.
Simply head to these sites and look for projects or issues that could be of interest to you to solve and work on them in your own time.
Help Other Coders With Their Problems
As mentioned in a previous point, it’s important to practice your coding abilities in order to improve. However, if doing code kata isn’t your thing, you might want to consider helping other programmers with real world coding problems.
Ruby’s Reddit thread is often filled with programmers and students looking for tips to better their code. These programmers would also look for solutions to solve their programming problems.
Join The Community
From Reddit to Slack and even Discord, the Ruby programming community is huge and there are plenty of ways that you can be a part of it. A quick check on the Slack community also revealed that there are more than 9,000 members and they live in various time zones as well.
Being involved in the community means that you’ll be up to date with any new developments for the language. You’ll also get to interact with developers all over the world and there will always be something new to learn from them.
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