You’re most likely reading this because you've been thinking about improving your life by learning to code. I trust this story of mine can help you make the decision either way.

I’m Pete Argent, and if you haven’t already met me at one of my free coding workshops, let me tell you I love to teach coding. I’ll tell you why soon.

What reasons do you have for wanting to learn coding?

If you don't build your dream, someone will hire you to help them build theirs.

~ Dhirubhai Ambani

Why do people come to our workshops?

Some are bored by their job and want a career that excites them.

Others want to become an entrepreneur and build their own tech startup idea.

Some participants are already in IT but don’t have the coding skills to be hired for the jobs they want.

And a growing number of people want to live the digital nomad dream — chilling on a beach in Thailand, being paid well to build websites or apps.

Choices and freedom in life. A woman looking out over San Francisco from a mountain.

We live in interesting times

As you are most likely aware, the job market is changing with advancements in technology. Some careers will cease to exist, while others will come into being.

Blockchain, artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and automation technologies are being implemented more every day, we are beginning to really see a tech revolution happen before our eyes.

There are two sure ways you can position yourself for a bright future: find your way into a technology career or become a tech entrepreneur.

The first step

Whichever you choose, learning to code is the first step. It gives you the knowledge of how technology works and allows you to see the opportunities that are available to you.

Now I’m not saying you need to become a full time developer. On the contrary. You just need to learn enough to be a confident Ruby coder. And this doesn’t take as long as you might think.

I’ve been teaching people how to code with Ruby on Rails for 5 years. And guess what I’ve found during this time?

“Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.”

~ W.H. Murray

Anyone can do this!

You don’t need to have completed an IT degree. You don’t need to have a ‘technical’ mind. You don’t need to be a genius!

And it doesn’t matter if you’re 10 years old or 60, if you are willing to invest in your own personal development and put the time into learning new skills, you can become a confident coder and better your life.

Yes, there is a learning curve. And yes, you will feel frustrated at times, like you’re never going to “get it”. Everyone goes through this stage. And that’s why online coding courses rarely work for people. They sit there struggling on their own until they give up, saying coding just isn’t for them.

Choices and freedom in life. A woman looking out over San Francisco from a mountain.

The joy of coding

There’s one thing that people don’t often tell you about being a coder. There is a real joy you feel that not many other activities give you.

This is what got me hooked on coding. You might be stuck on a logic problem, having trouble figuring out how to get the program to do what you need it to do. But you’re determined to figure it out. You try one thing, then another, and keep on trying different things without success. You search online for solutions and try them too. Then all of a sudden, you get the program to do what you wanted! And you jump around with joy for a good few minutes.

It’s like a drug, and once you feel it, you’ll want more, I guarantee it.

Why do I love to teach coding?

As I mentioned at the beginning, I have found my ‘calling’ in life: teaching coding. It’s you, the students that help me enjoy it so much. All the people who come along to Digital Intelligence courses are smart, with big dreams of wanting a better life for themselves and their family, and making a difference in the world. I’m constantly inspired by the great ideas and creativity of my students and it gives me great hope for the future.

A real camaraderie and bond forms amongst the students in each class. It is a shared journey into the world of coding. It’s not always easy and you’re all being challenged but you also share the joys as well. I love seeing students’ eyes light up when they start to realise the power they now have when they become a confident coder.

It’s also been great to see the big successes that former students have gone on to achieve. Some have moved into more technical roles in their current company, or changed careers altogether. Some have gone on to build their own tech startups while others have gone on to live the digital nomad lifestyle, travelling the world while working on coding gigs.

How do we teach Ruby on Rails?

Firstly, we acknowledge that it is not a ‘walk in the park’. And for people who have never coded before, there are a lot of new concepts and jargon to learn.

We break it all down into easy, bite sized modules and explain everything in terms you can understand.

We find our students are really starting to become confident coders by week 9 or 10 of the 12 week, part time program but we make the offer that if you don’t feel confident by the end of the course, you are welcome to attend following courses at no charge. So you can have peace of mind that we care about your success and will do whatever we can to help you achieve it.

What do we teach in Web App Builder?

Weeks 1 — 4

In week one, we start you off with the basics, getting you comfortable with fundamental coding concepts while building Ruby programs.

We then introduce you to Ruby on Rails and how it all works in weeks two to four. You’ll learn through repetition in the beginning as we’ve found that is what helps students become familiar with the concepts and the tools. Each class we’ll start a new web application so you gain confidence with the processes and the code.

Weeks 5 — 8

From weeks five to eight, we build more advanced web applications. Some examples are:

  • A social network like Facebook
  • A two-sided marketplace like Airbnb.com
  • An event site like Eventbrite.com
  • A question and answer site like StackOverflow.com
  • A business review site like Yelp.com
  • An online store selling digital products or services like Kobo.com
  • Our experience has shown that this section of the course is great at not only teaching students how these popular tech startups work, it gives them ideas for their own digital product business.

Weeks 9 — 12

That’s great because the last four weeks is focused on you creating your own Ruby on Rails web application. Whether you already have an idea, or develop one during the course, you’ll use the skills you have gained to code a prototype that you’ll be able to turn into a business if you so choose.

These sessions consist of masterclasses around app optimisation, deployment (publishing) and analytics followed by one-on-one time with the teachers helping you make progress on your own application.

At the completion of the Web App Builder course, you will present your application to the class and receive a certificate.

“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

~ Henry Ford

Tried and tested

Our Web App Builder course has been tried, tested and improved over the last 4 years. Not only do you have 72 hours of class time in an encouraging and supportive environment, you also have access to all the learning materials to help you continue to learn at home in your own time.

Does this sound good to you? Hopefully, I’ve inspired you to think seriously about the decision to become a confident Ruby on Rails coder.

Remember, if you feel like you’re going down a career path that doesn’t excite you, or you want to make a difference in the world and help people, learning to code is going to give you the choices and opportunities to live the life you want.

Get started

Anyone can learn Ruby on Rails. You just need to decide to make the investment in your own learning and development. And for the best chance of success, choose a coding school that cares about your success and provides an encouraging and supportive environment.

I’d love to have you join our next Web App Builder course if you have decided to become a confident coder with us.

Our campus is in Australian Technology Park in Redfern — just a short walk from the station.

To get started, reserve your place in one of the upcoming courses.

You have a choice of Tuesday/Thursday evenings (6 — 9pm) or Saturdays (10am — 5pm) and you only need to pay a $100 (refundable) deposit to hold your seat.

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The full price of the Web App Builder course is $2950. Payment plans are available to make it more manageable for your finances.

PS. One more thing that will help you feel like you’re making the best decision for yourself: If you decide after the end of the first week of classes that the course is not for you, we’ll provide you with a full refund of your deposit and any course payments. We don’t want you to feel like you’re stuck in something you won’t enjoy or benefit from.

Did you know?

Did you know that learning to code is even more fun with friends! Even couples have become confident coders together in our courses.

Share this with your mates or significant other and we’ll give you both a 10% discount. Just reserve your places and we’ll deduct the 10% off the remaining fee.

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