Brian Emory

Web Developer


My CLI Data Gem for Learn Verified

Object Oriented Ruby Comes to an End - So here I am, at the end of Learn Verified’s Object Oriented Ruby. I have fought my way through the Music Library CLI project (and the equally tough Collaborating Objects Lab). I have built web scrapers. I have learned about modules and metaprogramming. Most importantly, I have completed the CLI Data Gem... Read More

Learning with Learn — Week 2

Learning with Learn - I have just completed my second week of Learn-Verified. I have kept up with a blistering pace of Learning having spent 110 hours over the two weeks on Learn. That is a bit above my original goal of 40 hour per week. Part of the increase is I am really loving the Learning process. It is nice having some direction instead of floundering about... Read More

The Importance of Taking Notes

Bootcamp Progress - I have finished my first week of the online bootcamp Learn Verified. I have been very active the last seven days getting through the beginning sections of Git and GitHub, HTML and CSS, as well as Procedural Ruby. I am currently 40% through Object Oriented Ruby. I have been able to put in a time every day and managed to exceed my 40–50... Read More

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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.

Tic-Tac-Toe with AI

This project was lots of fun! Made as part of Learn Verified, the biggest challenge was getting the AI to be unbeatable. It took a bit of work but I was able to make it possible with MIN/MAX.

Music Library CLI

This project, along with the Collaborating Objects Lab, have been the most difficult so far on Learn Verified. Incredibly challenging and frustrating but ultimately rewarding when you get all those tests passing.

Personal Portfolio

My personal portfolio project for Free Code Camp went from a basic site to a complete, obsessive makeover complete with learning some PHP. You can read all about it on my blog.

Random Quote Machine

Another Free Code Camp project, I was able to learn about the Twitter API and incorporating it into a site. This generator will tweet the generated quote to @TheXFiles with #TheXFiles.

Local Weather App

This fun Free Code Camp project allows you to see your local weather. Depending on the temperature, the background image will change.


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!