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Learn fundamental software engineering skills

Professional Certificate in
Agile Development Using Ruby on Rails
BerkeleyX

What you will learn

  • How to apply fundamental Ruby on Rails programming techniques to the design, development, testing, and public cloud deployment of an Software as a Service (SaaS) application
  • How modern programming language features in Ruby on Rails can improve productivity and code maintainability through techniques like Behavior Driven Design and Test Driven Development
  • How to practice deployment of apps to real users, including how to monitor performance, identify and fix common performance problems, and avoid compromising customer data
  • How to apply Agile techniques to enhance and refactor legacy code to become a true Ruby on Rails developer
  • How to use JavaScript to enhance applications
  • How to create more sophisticated apps by adding relationships between models within the Ruby on Rails framework

Software Engineer dominates the top jobs list globally for pay, quality of life, and opportunities for advancement. This Professional Certificate program teaches fundamental software engineering skills using Ruby on Rails, JavaScript and Agile methodology, to qualify you for in-demand jobs with high pay, satisfaction and growth potential.

You will learn the Ruby programming language and Ruby on Rails mvc web application framework.

This program will introduce Agile, which used by 60-80% of all programming teams, and by the majority of programming teams distributed across the globe. You will learn Agile through a "learn by doing" approach in which you use the same tools and techniques as professionals, such as test-driven development (TDD), behavior-driven design, continuous integration, and continuous deployment onto the public cloud.

Expert instruction
2 skill-building courses
Self-paced
Progress at your own speed
8 months
10 - 12 hours per week

Courses in this program

  1. BerkeleyX's Agile Development Using Ruby on Rails Professional Certificate

  2. 10–12 hours per week, for 6 weeks
    Learn Ruby programming language basics, the Ruby on Rails Model-View-Controller (MVC) development framework and software engineering fundamentals.
  3. 10–12 hours per week, for 25 weeks
    Learn how to apply Agile techniques to enhance and refactor legacy code to become a true Ruby on Rails developer.
    • Median salary for full-stack web developers is $105,000 in US, and median salary for Ruby developers is $95,000. (StackOverflow developer survey results 2016)
    • Cloud and distributed computing is #1 Top Skill (now 2 years running) according to LinkedIn's Global Top Skills of 2016. (LinkedIn)
    • The program teaches Agile in the context of developing Web-based services. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects about 27% employment growth for web developers by 2024.

Meet your instructors

from University of California, Berkeley (BerkeleyX)
Armando Fox
Professor of Computer Science
UC Berkeley
David Patterson
Pardee Professor of Computer Science
UC Berkeley
Sam Joseph
Associate Professor of Computer Science
Hawaii Pacific University

Experts from BerkeleyX committed to teaching online learning

Program endorsements

At GitHub we believe in a learning philosophy anchored in real-world projects that engage the needs of customers and build developer expertise with the tools of the trade. From our experience with Professor Fox at UC Berkeley, we know he’s committed to this learning philosophy, and we’re excited to see this Professional Certificate Program in Agile Development come to life on edX.

John Britton , Head of Education, GitHub

The Professional Certificate Program in Agile Development from UC Berkeley and edX arms students with the necessary approaches and skills to thrive at a startup, Internet giant, or large enterprise. Moreover, the Agile approach will give students the ability to create software while responding to a constantly changing world—which is a skill set they'll need throughout their career.

Rob Mee , CEO, Pivotal Labs

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