Brian Emory

Web Developer


Cook This Way — My First Sinatra Project

Cook This Way - I have finally finished my Sinatra project. It is a recipe site called Cook This Way. The premise is simple. Any user can view and search recipes. Signed in users can add recipes (and edit them), view users’ recipes, and make a recipe their own (edit and save another user’s recipe). You can see the code on GitHub. This was quite an endeavor to build. I came across... Read More

Why I Decided to Learn Software Development

It Started with a Longing for Purpose - For many years, I have been searching for that special something. That special something that drives and motivates me. That special something that gets me out of bed with a spring in my step. That special something that causes me to lose track of time while doing it. For years, that special something eluded me... Read More

Why I Chose Learn Verified and You Should Too

Happy One Month Anniversary! - Today is the one month anniversary since I started the online bootcamp Learn Verified. I have spoken briefly about my choice before, but after a month I think it is a good time to talk about it some more. I love it! They are fantastic. When I decided to do a bootcamp, I looked at lots of options. I wanted to do an in-person... Read More

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While building my Sinatra app, I didn't find anything that had the functionality of rails new app-name that I liked. At the suggestion of one of my instructors, I forked Hazel and made my own.

Cook This Way

Cook This Way is a recipe site built on Sinatra. I made it for my Learn Verified Sinatra Assessment. It allows a visitor to view and search recipes, sign in with Facebook, add and edit recipes, and make a recipe their own.

CLI Data Gem

I made this gem as part of Learn Verified. It was the final project for the Object Oriented Ruby section. It was fun, challenging, clever?? You can read all about the process and challenges I faced on my blog.


I am a web developer with a focus on Ruby on Rails currently living in Los Angeles, CA. My wife and I moved out here last year from the blistering desert of Las Vegas. I've always wanted to live in southern California but ultimately it was about keeping the Mrs. happy. Wise man once said, "Happy wife, happy life."

I'm a bit of a romantic. I'm also a bit of a goofball. My wife can attest to both. I love hard ciders (can't stand the taste of beer though as much as I try). I find great enjoyment in terrible movies. There's just something fantastic about a movie based on a silly premise, a bad plot, and not so good acting. I enjoy wasting time and getting lost in a video game. Much to the disappoint of my friends, I once again won our fantasy football league. I'm also taller than over 99% of people. Yes, I use to play basketball.

I decided to embark on this journey of being a web developer after buying a StackSocial deal. Its name was Coder Manual's Web Developer Bootcamp with Rails. The deal showed up on my Facebook feed one day and piqued my interest. I've always had a bit of a fascination with coding but never thought much of making it a career. Back when my family first got a computer in the mid 90s, I learned some basic HTML but CSS was too foreign of a concept. I played around with one of the Cs (either C# or C++) but that lasted all of five minutes.

After doing the self-taught route for a few months, I have decided to join a bootcamp. I am currently attending Flatiron School's online bootcamp Learn Verified. So far it has been a fantastic experience. I am enjoying the learning process, the great community, the accessibility of the instructors, and all the other little extras. I feel like I made the right choice! It has been quite challening so far. I am learning way more than I was through the various self-taught avenues I had previously pursued.

Follow my journey on my blog, connect with me on Twitter and LinkedIn, and feel free to reach out through the below form to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you!