I am Janice K.N. Smith, in my day job as a software engineer, I got to use Algolia and I really liked it.
I wanted to try to get it going on a little test project with the minimum set up - and it worked great!
I just wrote a medium article on Integrating Algolia Search into a Rails App.
My write up uses a little scaffolded rails app and outlines how to use the algoliasearch-rails gem to import data to an algolia index.
I link the code at the end of the article, and over all I felt like it was really easy to get up and running!