The Ruby on Rails Tutorial Vanguard
I'm pleased to announce the availability of the Rails Tutorial Vanguard, a special group that will be intimately involved in the production of the upcoming Rails Tutorial screencast series. Members of the Vanguard will get priority access to the screencasts as I make them (including a cutting-edge introduction to Rails 3). They will also get free copies of the final screencast series when completed. Most important, Vanguard members will have access to regular live webcasts so that I can answer questions and respond to feedback. You can think of the Vanguard as an extended small-group training course. (I estimate that the webcasts will start in early July, and will take place weekly for 6–8 weeks.)
The Vanguard is a premium product, so it won't be a good fit for everyone. The actual benefits are also a bit vague, since even I'm not exactly sure what they all will be! You should consider joining the Vanguard only if you are confident, based on what you can infer about me from the Rails Tutorial book, that I will deliver an experience of exceptional value. And if joining the Vanguard doesn't fit in your budget, worry not: the screencast series itself will be less expensive by an order of magnitude. (And, of course, the online version of the tutorial will always be free.)
Click the button below to join the Vanguard now.
Rails Tutorial Vanguard benefits
Priority access to screencasts as they are made.
As a member of the Vanguard, you'll get download links for the earliest, freshest screencasts as they are made—including a bleeding-edge introduction to Rails 3.
Free copies of the completed screencast series.
All members of the Vanguard will receive free copies of the Rails 2.3* and Rails 3 screencast series once they are complete.
Regular live webcasts with the author of Ruby on Rails Tutorial.
I will hold regular live webcasts as the screencasts are made in order to answer questions and solicit feedback. The schedule is to be determined, but they'll probably be every week or so.
*Assuming sufficient demand. There is a chance that the Rails 2.3 market will be too small to justify a separate screencasts series. I will rely on the Vanguard to help me make this judgment when the time comes.
This is an opportunity to get in on the ground floor of the Rails Tutorial screencasts and participate in an exciting intellectual experience. You really should join the Vanguard now. :-)
I don't know exactly when the Vanguard will start or how long it will run, but I estimate that drafts of the initial screencasts will start rolling out in early July; after that, it might take a few months to see the project to completion. Given this uncertainty, you can get a full refund on any Vanguard purchase (within 60 days), no questions asked.