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  • Series: Expert's Voice
  • Paperback: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 1 edition (June 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598412
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,042,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alan Bradburne is the co-founder of IncrediblInc Ltd. (IncrediblInc.com), a London-based Ruby on Rails development company specializing in developing community sites for both end-users and enterprise clients. Alan has over 10 years of experience in the web and mobile development industries, and has worked for Motorola, Nextel and Sun Microsystems. Prior to founding IncrediblInc, he created Phlog.net, the world's first dedicated mobile photo blogging community. He also developed the social networking site Cudlz.com. He lives in Berkshire, England with his wife.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lee VINE VOICE on July 20, 2007
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The is essentially a programming cook book with recipes centered on social networking functionality. That being said - this is not a "getting started on rails" book; you should have some idea of how to use rails (but you dont have to be an expert).

Here are some of the recipes: developing a CMS, blog with RSS, blog with web services, a forum, photo gallery (probably would have been better if this one had used Amazon's S3), adding tag functionality, creating a mobile version of your site, XFN, ...

Unless you're a broke student debating between this and food, I'd get this book. There are decent examples that are useful to see. It's pretty good considering Amazon's cheap price and considering this is the only book out on Rails related to social networking sites (as of when I wrote this review).

Update: I've now read the other Ruby on Rails Social Network Book: RailsSpace. In my opinion I would get both. However if you have to choose one it would depend both on your skill level and taste. Would you rather have more subjects covered with less material, or would you like less subjects being covered more in depth. If you want more subjects covered and you think you can figure out the extra details, then Practical Rails Social Networking Sites is for you.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Stewart on October 24, 2007
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Taking readers step-by-step through the creation of the RailsCoders.net website, Practical Rails Social Networking Sites is a well paced guide to building web applications that tick many of the boxes of the moment.

The book starts with basics, giving simple instructions for installing Rails on a variety of platforms, and then steps through simple content management, adding users and groups, building a blogging engine, adding a discussion forum and photo gallery, integrating with Google Maps and Flickr, and deployment. Along the way the various aspects of rails' testing framework are introduced as they're used. The style isn't test-driven, and it would have been nice to see that style introduced, but tests are written after each piece of functionality, demonstrating some of their use and importance.

Judicious use is made of plugins with a number of recommendations made throughout the book. restful_authentication is referred to, but its functionality is largely duplicated in the code. That's probably a sensible move so early in the book as it's important that developers understand what the code is doing even if they're going to employ a plugin for the implementation. YM4R/GM is used to implement the Google Maps functionality and it's good to see that getting some attention in print.

Readers who have already built a couple of rails apps may well find themselves skipping large chunks of content as a lot of the code will be familiar. As other reviewers have noted, it is a little curious that "The Apress Roadmap" suggests this as a more advanced title when it would probably work better for an engaged beginner than an experienced developer.

Of course, the great problem with publishing any rails title right now is that version 2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Larry on January 4, 2008
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If you're contemplating or actually building a social-networking website in Rails this book is worth buying. You can learn a lot by going through it from start to finish, or just take a gander at the chapter(s) that concern you.
Alan writes well and you get a chance to see how things are done in the real world as opposed to a tutorial.
If your site is social-network related, I also recommend RailsSpace. These two books should give you a great head-start or the final answer on any "How do I do that"? type of question.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David Berube on August 13, 2007
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Great book. It's specific enough that it can be used to develop, as the title suggests, social networking sites, but it's also a modular enough approach that it's feasible to fit the examples into a wider framework, such as adding social networking features to an existing site.

(In the interest of full disclosure, I write books for Apress, who publishes this title. I didn't write *this* book, though, and I don't know the author.)

David Berube
Berube Consulting
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By V. Campos on October 20, 2009
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Why pay $30 dollars for a book that makes you do all research in order to make code work? This book needs to be taken out of the shelves, catalog, db, etc. Outdated and waste of time and money. It also seems that the "supposed" companion website has been deserted for a while, and the author hasn't comment or find alternate solution for the raising version issues.
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