Before the Workshop
These slides walk you through the installation: http://installfest.railsbridge.org. Try to do as much of this as you can before you come to the InstallFest so they can focus on working out any kinks you may run into!
These slides are a preview of some of the material you’ll be going through: http://curriculum.railsbridge.org. Depending on your class, you may go through these slides or others, but feel free to look through them to get a general idea of what you’ll be building in the workshop.
Q: Do I have to attend the Installfest?
A: Yes! The Installfest is a crucial part of the weekend, even if you’ve already gone through the instructions independently. There are a ton of moving parts when setting up a development environment, and the reason that we’re able to get through the curriculum on Saturday is that every single student has had their dev environment checked and has been awarded a sticker for their successes. There are also enough changing parts that even if you’ve been to a workshop in the past, you should attend the Installfest to get re-verified, because this stuff changes almost constantly.
Q: Do I really have to attend the Installfest?
A: Yes, really. There will be pizza, we promise. And fun people to talk to. And you don’t have to be there very long if you’ve already gotten through all the steps. (But if you haven’t gotten through all the steps ahead of time, please come early in the evening, because an install can take a few hours depending on what hiccups we get to work through.)
Q: How much does childcare cost?
A: Nothing! RailsBridge hires a sitter on the house so that there’s nothing between you and your computer. Just let the organizer know ahead of time so we can make arrangements; the sitter has historically always been in the office, usually in a lounge/conference room somewhere away from the learning.