This course focuses on introducing participants to humanities programming through the creation and use of the Ruby on Rails web application framework. This course will introduce programming and design concepts, project management and planning, workflow, as well as the design, implementation, and deployment of a web-based application. Technologies covered in this course will include git, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Ruby, Rails, and relational (and non-relational) data stores. Over the course of the week, we will work through the practical implementation of a developing and deploying a small-scale web application.

Course Software

This course will take place in our computer lab. You are welcome to bring and use your personal laptop; however, please make sure to load the software listed below prior to your arrival:





Course Schedule

Day One

  • Introducing the Command line
  • HTML and CSS basics

Day Two

  • Introduction to git
  • Introduction to Github
  • Introduction to Programming Concepts
  • Deploying simple pages

Day Three

  • Introduction to web applications (e.g. Ruby of Rails)

Day Four

  • Application Design and Deployment

Day Five

  • Contributing to Open Source

Course Website


6101 McKeldin Library