Dear 43 Things Users,

10 years after introducing 43 Things to the world, we have decided we have met our last goal: completing the incredible experience that has been 43 Things. Please join us in giving one last cheer to all the folks who have shared their goals with the world, as well as all the people who have worked at The Robot Co-op to build this incredible website. We won a Webby Award, published a book, and brought happiness to a lot of people.

Starting today, 43 Things users can export their goals and entries from the site. Starting August 15, we will make the site “read only”. 43 Things users will still be able to view the site and export their content, but we won’t be taking any new content from users. We hope to leave the site up for folks to see and download their content until the end of the year. Ending on New Year’s Eve takes us full circle.

It has been a long ride (one of our original goals was to "build a company that lasts at least 2 years” - we beat that one!) While we wish the site could live on, it has suffered from a number of challenges - changes in how people use the site, the advertising industry, and how search engines view the site. We wish the outcome was different – but we’ve always been realistic about when our goals are met and when they aren't.

As of today, you will be able to download your goals and entries. See more about that on the FAQ page. Thanks for 10 great years of goal-setting and achieving.

- The Robots.

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learn ruby on rails
A question about this goal: where's the best tutorials to sink my newbie teeth into? November 28th, 2006 23:16


I don’t know your programming level, but one thing that is important when learning rails is familiarity with the command line as most of what makes rails go is done from the shell. The unix command line is a necessary and vital piece of learning the rails puzzle.

Rails was written by programmers for programmers and makes lots of assumptions about the developers comfort with the tools and underlying architecture.

That’s what really kicked my ass as I started. The screen casts had me convinced it was a cake walk to put together a rich web app. And it is. If you know something about unix, object oriented programming, and shell scripting.

This is a blog entry I found that lists out 12 different tutorials with more in the comments:

I also search the mailing list when I want to see code samples or I have a problem. Most questions have already been asked so an answer will more often than not be there:

Another crucial source of enlightenment is the railsweenie site:

Good luck, and happy coding!

hey inkdeep!
THanks for the links & your advice! I have some shell experience.
Would you recommend reading the rails “” book first, or do the tutorials?
I think i’ll be hitting railsweenie regularly!

I’d say read the book first. Some of the techniques are outdated in the tutorials as things have changed in Rails since they were written and the book will be the most up to date (if you’re reading the 2nd edition).

;) cheers Inkdeep! Good to know


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