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Recipes for Rapid Web Development with Ruby

About the Author

Rob Orsini is the author of the Rails Cookbook (O'Reilly). He's also the founder and CEO of Tuple Shop, Inc., a web software consulting company specializing in Rails and Python development. Previously, Rob was webmaster at Industrial Light & Magic (a Lucasfilm company), and software engineer at O'Reilly Media. Rob has been programming the web since the late nineties, and enjoys the leading edge of development with dynamic languages such as Ruby and Python. Additionally, Rob is a jazz musician, a builder, and a loving husband and father.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cookbooks (O'Reilly)
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (January 16, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527310
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #805,134 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
This really is not intended to be a tutorial on Rails, but as with all of the O'Reilly cookbooks, it is a collection of solutions to common problems involving Rails. However the recipes in the early chapters are so basic, it in fact, serves two purposes. The early chapters gets the Rails novice up and running, and the later chapters serve up answers to many of the problems that Rails developers of all skill levels have. Therefore, the reader should already be experienced at web development, and be a Rails user of any level of experience including novice.

Other frameworks are often designed such that if you can make the leap of understanding their complexities, you can solve many problems. The core developers of the Rails framework differed in their approach and designed a framework that solves simple problems easily and very well. From that juncture, you can easily work up to more difficult problems. The following is the table of contents:

Chapter 1. Getting Started - Deals with the basics such as joining the Rails community, finding documentation, and installation.

Chapter 2. Rails Development - Recipes on setting up your environment, starting your first Rails applications, and generating Ruby documentation for your application.

Chapter 3. Active Record - 22 recipes on "Active Record", which is a persistent storage mechanism for interacting with a relational database.

Chapter 4. Action Controller - 16 recipes on "Action Controller", which receives requests and passes them on to a specific action.

Chapter 5. Action View - 16 recipes on dealing with the presentation details of your Rails application.

Chapter 6.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Williams on April 5, 2007
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When reading the foreword of Rails Cookbook I felt a strong kinship with Zed Shaw, I too have fond memories of the first edition of Perl Cookbook and the way I relied on it once I'd taken the training wheels off. Since that one I have relied on several of the O'Reilly Cookbook series. It is only when I discard the early tutorial and dive in the deep end with a "cookbook" on my desk that I really start to learn proficiency.

I felt timorous and unsure when I finished "Agile Web Development with Rails", a marvelous tutorial that introduced me to my first real web development framework (I must have enjoyed it, I just bought the second edition). Since I have volunteered to develop a fairly large and complex web application in Rails I awaited the arrival of my copy of Rails Cookbook with hopeful anticipation and bated breath.

Rob Orsini, his fellow contributors (15 in all) and the team at O'Reilly have once again delivered. Compared to the previous titles in the series I've owned "Rails Cookbook" seems to have fewer recipes but as it is tackling an entire application framework and some serious issues, some of the solutions and discussions run a lot longer. The book is targeted at programmers who know something about web development but are early in their use of Rails, though it should be helpful to all Rails developers.

The book starts with tackling issues of installation and getting development tools installed in the first two chapters. Despite already deploying a couple of simple Rails apps I found that there was the odd useful tip in these chapters. The book then covers each of the three main sections of Rails; Active Record, Action View and Action Controller.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jared Moody on February 23, 2007
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I've read Agile Development with Rails and Rails Recipes, but this book was still helpful for me. ADWR is more of a "This is how it works" while this book, like Rails Recipes, is a "Here's how to do the things you want to do" kind of book. I liked that the sections are presented in a problem/solution format; if you don't want to solve that problem, keep flipping. The recipes covered a range of beginner to more advanced topics: from installing rails to RESTful development, to invaluable information on different ways to deploy your rails application. The writing is straightforward, and I found it much easier to read and understand than Rails Recipes (IMHO). I have a feeling I'll be going back to reference this book frequently.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stacy G. Vlasits on June 1, 2010
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This book was probably extremely helpful to people starting out with Rails three or four years ago. However, Rails has changed significantly now and the code in this book is now out of date. This is especially true of the plugins it recommends. It is probably safe to assume that buying books on Rails that are more than two years old will mean relearning much of the content.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Xoanon93 on August 6, 2010
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I just spent about 2+hr trying to figure out why one of the example recipes was giving me an error. Turns out the book covers Rails 1.2 and the latest (As of the time of this writing, August 2010) version is 2.1 (but it might have revved since I started typing this; it's Ruby after all). Shame on me for not checking. You might be able to use this book if you're totally brand new to Rails and/or Ruby and are just looking to get your feet wet PROVIDED you also have another tutorial/cookbook/website available to turn to when the recipes don't work.
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