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Professional Ruby on Rails

Nothing less than a revolution in the way web applications are constructed,Ruby on Rails (RoR) boasts a straightforward and intuitive nature that avoids programming repetition and makes it infinitely easier to build for the web. Over the years, RoR has undergone numerous internal changes while programming techniques have evolved. This book captures the current best practices to show you the most efficient way to build a spectacular web application with RoR.

Preparing you to build a real, live, and complex web application, this invaluable resource covers all the questions that aren't addressed in introductory material, including how to manage users and security, organize a team of programmers, automate common build tasks, secure your site, and deploy a production server. You'll learn everything you need to know in order to extend Rails so that you can take advantage of the many exciting and wonderful things that are being done by the diligent RoR programming community.

What you will learn from this book

  • How to write automated tests for all parts of your Rails application

  • Why rake is a handy tool for automating commonly performed actions

  • Ways to manage time zones and internationalization

  • How to deploy Ruby applications using Capistrano, Mongrel, and Apache

  • Techniques for installing and running a Rails application in Java

  • Current security techniques, including prevention of cross-site scripting attacks

Who this book is for
This book is for RoR programmers, software and web developers, designers, and architects who are looking to expand their knowledge of the Rails framework.

Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.

About the Author

Noel Rappin is the Director of Rails Practice at Pathfinder Associates ( ), and has nearly a decade of experience with web application programming. Noel has a Ph.D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he studied how to teach object - oriented design concepts. He is the co - author of Jython Essentials and wxPython in Action. You can read more of Noel ’ s writing at both the Pathfinder Agile Ajax blog ( and his own blog (


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Product Details

  • Series: Programmer to Programmer
  • Paperback: 457 pages
  • Publisher: Wrox; 1 edition (February 25, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 047022388X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470223888
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,883,704 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Noel Rappin is a Senior Developer and Agile Coach at Table XI. Noel has authored multiple technical books, including "Rails 4 Test Prescriptions", "Master Space and Time With JavaScript", and Trust-Driven Development. Follow Noel on Twitter @noelrap, and online at

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By B. Randall on March 7, 2008
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First thing I'd like to point out is this book is up to date with Rails 2.0.2 (released 12/07) which is important as many things have changed like script/generate scaffold, in-place-editing and auto-complete have been deprecated, etc. Essentially, enough to baffle and frustrate a relative newcomer unaware of these changes who is trying to get started on 2.0.2 with older tutorials.

This book absolutely delivers on its promise to "fill the void" between beginner books and recipe/cookbook style books. It is the one-stop resource I've been seeking since Rails hit the streets.

I bought this book hesitantly as there were no reviews yet. I've purchased at least a dozen books on RoR over the past 2-years, some good, some average, some not so good. I can honestly say this is the best coverage of RoR I've read - without hesitation! I've only written one other review here at Amazon which was for David Black's "Ruby for Rails" which was a great book a few years ago if you didn't know Ruby programming.

I own AWDR I & II, Pick Axe, Recipes I&II, Cookbook etc. etc. Good books in their own right but I was still left not fully understanding key elements of building a solid, well tested enterprise ready site. This resulted in me making a ton of mistakes leading to endless hours of Googling to find others who had encountered the same problems, finding random tutorials, picking up a tip here, a tip there, etc. It was pure scattershot!

My application design was not cohesive and lacked the fundamental building blocks and safeguards necessary for continued growth. For lack of a better analogy, the apps I've built with Rails have been nothing more than patchwork quilts temporarily held together with rapidly disintegrating stitches.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James McPhate on November 6, 2008
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This is a fantastic book specifically geared at people who know Ruby and Rails. It says this in the opening chapter, and infers this in the title- "Professional Rails". So it's funny to see a review here complaining that you would be lost if you didn't Ruby and Rails.

And, as the other reviewer mentioned, it actually writes the tests! Better yet, it often writes the test first. And thank god there wasn't another "intro to ruby/intro to rails/installing rails" chapter at the beginning. Hell, it doesn't even say what a generator and pretty much starts "rails -d mysql soupsonline" with no explanation. This is fantastic! I was so excited.

Most of the first chapter discusses REST and TDD (test driven development) laying a foundation for more advanced rails applications and development techniques. As REST is relatively new to Rails, and a more advanced topic, I thought it was a great start. Routes are on page 8, and Ajax is already in the app by the end of chapter 1 (page 34).

Chapter 2 is using subversion, which at first I was leary of, but then quite accepting. Subversion (and now Git, which unfortunately wasn't big yet when the book was written) is a critical part of the advanced rails development workflow and this chapter is very rails centric in exposing best practices and tips.

I did a lot rails programming back in 2005, and recently picked it up again. This books was by far the most relevant for me, offering high value for time invested and effectively covering newer Rails developments (migrations, ajax support, capistrano, mongrel, etc.).

Also exciting was the fact that this was one of 10 different ruby and/or rails books at the bookstore.

If you are an experienced developer moving to Ruby and Rails, I'd also recommend this book.
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Professional RoR is the best book ever for a modestly experienced Web developer like myself. It thoroughly addresses all those little issues that are essential to developing a sound website. With the Well-grounded Rubyist and Pro Active Record, you've the best reference material for RoR development IMHO.
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1 of 34 people found the following review helpful By KW on March 23, 2008
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Since this is one of the few Ruby on Rails 2.0 books it is just an okay book. You really need to know Ruby on Rails before even starting this book. It is very hard to follow and without the source code everyone would be lost by page 20. I guess he wanted people to learn by figuring out what he was trying to do.
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