1. Never underestimate the power of plug-ins.
It’s really going to be a waste of time developing script that somebody has already beaten you to. So instead of making your own, why not look for applications and plug-ins that do all the work for you? That’s the beauty of open source. Try looking at sites like Rails Plug-in Directory and Core Rails to help you find the particular plug-in you’re looking for.
2. Keep yourself updated.
Another beauty of open source is that there are a lot of resources, updates, fixes, reviews and all other sorts of opinions out there about Ruby and Rails and everything in-between. So try to integrate yourself into online communities that discuss Ruby and Rails programming so you can keep abreast with all the developments in the community. Trust us, you will always learn new things.