Brian Emory

Web Developer


I Finally Understand How Colons Work In Rails

Not so Mysterious - I had a silly sort of epiphany the other day. When I first started learning Rails, the use of colons was one of the more difficult things to grasp. It seemed there was no rhyme or reason to their placement. Sometimes I would see them before a word. Sometimes I would see them after a word. Sometimes the same line used it before a word... Read More

Corneal — A Sinatra App Generator with Rails-like Simplicity

Corneal - Corneal was born out of a desire to have a Sinatra app generator with Rails-like simplicity. There was nothing that mirrored the Sinatra structure that I was use to using. So with a not-so-subtle suggestion, I embarked on a journey to create just such a gem. It Started with a Problem When I started building my Sinatra project Cook This Way, I had an empty folder... Read More

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

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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!