We love Ruby on Rails and Python/Django (we built our successful startups using those two
stacks). However, the web industry waits for no developer or technology. The future of web
development has moved toward sophisticated, responsive, and dynamic “single page” applications
running in the browser. Apps like Gmail, Asana, Trello, Facebook, and Google Maps have redefined
what users expect from “Web Applications” and what developers need to deliver. Listening to
industry trends, and after lots of research and conversations with our CTO colleagues at top
web development. Consequently, it is what we primarily immerse our students in at Fullstack
Not only is fullstack JS where “the puck is moving,” but it’s also the best way to learn
code. Modern web development requires keeping many different parts of the stack in your mind at
same time. As a student, this is challenging enough. Now imagine that on top of this, each part
the stack requires you to understand and write in a completely different programming language
As evidence for how quickly one can be productive when learning on a single-language stack,
Fullstack Academy teams won the Grand Prize at two different hackathons in New York City in
at Fullstack. They each won $5,000 and $1,000, respectively, in cash prizes while competing with
other serious teams made up of experienced developers. In December, Fullstack students swept the
awards at The New
Times Hackathon, including the Best In Show and category-specific awards. More recently,
students have won awards at NYC’s
Fintech hackathon and the 2015 Video
What about Ruby on Rails? Why are other schools teaching Rails?
When we first discovered Rails, in 2005, developers were coming from an age where PHP
sites were getting increasingly complex and were becoming difficult to manage and scale. Rails
excelled in this world, where the goal was still to develop HTML/CSS-centric web interfaces with
heavy back-ends. Rails consolidated many best practices in back-end web development and made it
easier for developers to build large sites in an organized way.
A lot has changed since 2005, however. Cutting-edge companies today want to give users
interactive and responsive experiences that don’t require a page refresh at every step. As a
shifted to serve as an API layer to the back-end of web applications. You can read more about
lot of schools teach Rails here.
And as the majority of other coding schools teach Ruby on Rails, Fullstack graduates have a more
in-demand skill set that separates them from the competition. Learn more about the educational
the programming language taught at a coding bootcamp important?