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Rails Tutorial Vanguard slots, and a payment plan

Jun 25, 2010 • posted by Michael Hartl

One member of the Rails Tutorial Vanguard requested paying in monthly installments, and that sounded like a good idea, so I've implemented it for everyone: membership in the Vanguard is now available for three payments of $165. But in order to keep the Vanguard as small as possible, there are only two places left, so act quickly while supplies last. You can sign up for the Vanguard here.

Given my present rate of progress through the Rails 3 tutorial update, I anticipate that the Vanguard will start in earnest some time soon after the 4th of July holiday break. I hope to see you there!

Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)