Idea Foundry: Training by Collective Idea

Hands-on Training Takes a Holiday

Advanced Rails Alexandria, VA

Spend four days advancing your Ruby on Rails skills with a team of experienced instructors .

This survey of Advanced Rails topics will give you new tricks and ideas to take your Rails apps to the next level. If you've been using Rails but don't feel like you've mastered it yet, this course is for you.

Topics we'll cover include

  • Caching, performance tuning & optimizing
  • Building and Consuming web services
  • Deployment & Capistrano
  • Integration tests, RSpec & Cucumber
  • Refactoring an existing app
  • Advanced Data Structures including Nested Sets & Trees, State Machines and Polymorphic Associations
  • Working with multiple databases
  • Writing plugins
  • Patching Rails


Brandon Keepers

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Brandon has been teaching on Ruby and Rails across the US and Australia. When not teaching Ruby on Rails, Brandon codes it professionally for Collective Idea. He also posts helpful articles on his widely-read blog.

Daniel Morrison

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Daniel turned Collective Idea into a Rails-focused development company when he realized that it was saving him large amounts of time and money. Working with Rails every day since before it was cool, Daniel knows the ins and outs of the framework and tries to speak (and blog) about Rails at every opportunity.


Hotel Monaco Alexandria

The Advanced Rails training will be held at the Hotel Monaco Alexandria located in Alexandria, VA.

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Where to Stay

Hotel Monaco Alexandria is offering a great rate of $219/night, discounted from $309, for the training. Mention Collective Idea when you make your reservation.

There are several other options nearby

How to get here



Training will run from 9am–4pm each day. From 4–5pm, you can ask one-on-one questions, get feedback on personal projects, or head out on the town. Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.


You'll have chances to explore Old Town's nearby restaurants, shopping & nightlife, or hop on the Metro for the quick ride to Washington, DC.

Things to bring and take home

A Laptop. Any OS will do. We use Macs, but are friendly towards Windows, Linux, or whatever else you may have. We'll help you get set up before you come.

The first day, we'll give you a book of everything we'll cover in the training. You'll also get access to all the source code we use in examples.

Friends & Family

We warmly welcome you to bring your family or significant other (we've even had roommates and pets). They're welcome to join us at our evening events, and there is lots to do within walking distance during the day. We're glad to give suggestions. So whether you stick with the group or go off on your own, you'll enjoy your stay.


March weather in the DC-area is quite nice, but you'll want jacket. Averages range from 50°F down to 37°F at night.