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Rails for .NET Developers (Facets of Ruby) Paperback – December 5, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-1934356203 ISBN-10: 1934356204 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Series: Facets of Ruby
  • Paperback: 277 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (December 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356204
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356203
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #485,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Cohen has worked with object-oriented programming languages and Microsoft application frameworks for more than 15 years. A former MCSD, he is now a Ruby on Rails core contributor. He is the founder of Purple Workshops and conducts training classes for agile software teams. Jeff is also a senior software engineer at Leapfrog Online.Brian Eng is the founder of Bluebuzzard, a provider of web-based sales solutions for the hospitality industry, and a freelance Ruby on Rails developer and consultant. He has 12 years of software development experience, the last 3 with Rails, and is an MCSD for Microsoft .NET.Jeff and Brian write about their transition from .NET technologies to Rails on their blog, Softies on Rails (http://softiesonrails.com).

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This book does a great job in comparing and contrasting the underlying framework of ASP.
Matthew Baker
It really helped me walk through what was happening in a language I was familiar with and still get the ideas behind the Rails conventions.
Taylor Smith
This is a must have book if you're interested in learning the excellent Ruby on Rails framework, and the Ruby language itself.
Michael Leung

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Taylor Smith on October 24, 2008
Format: Paperback
I've spent the last 4 years developing web applications in the Microsoft .Net framework. After hearing about rails for the past year or so I've tried getting up and going on my own but Rails is such a different beast than .Net I've always gotten frustrated. Being a .Net developer, I'm working on a Windows machine and I've very familiar with how .Net applications are developed and deployed, not so much with the *nix systems and deployment prevalent in the Rails community.

Enter Jeff and Brian's book.

I loved the way they contrasted Rails and .Net with code from each showing a single topic. It really helped me walk through what was happening in a language I was familiar with and still get the ideas behind the Rails conventions. Also their focus on a windows development environment helped tremendously in the initial install process.

I can see now that the hardest part of all is going to be learning Ruby and they did a great job giving an intro to the language and syntax to someone not familiar with dynamically typed languages.

I've already recommended this book to co-workers and for my boss to buy a copy for the office. Its definitely a resource I plan on referring to during my upcoming development projects.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris McAvoy on March 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a software developer who uses Rails frequently to complete projects, so I'm not _exactly_ the target audience for this book, however, I recently had to work with on a Rails project with a handful of .NET developers. This book helped me better understand where they were coming from, and helped us all communicate more effectively.

The Rails app that we collaborated on ultimately ran on Linux, but was backed by SQL Server. The process of learning one another's platforms would have been significantly more difficult without this book guiding the .NET devs and myself on each other's platforms. Great book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Leung on November 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I jumped the proverbial .NET ship to the wonderful world of open source development with Ruby on Rails, there wasn't a resource even half as beneficial as this excellent book.

Jeff and Brian do a great job of explaining the most essential topics required to create real world Rails applications, and they do it with you, the .NET developer in mind. They cover the whole gamut of Rails development, and as such you'll be up and running with Rails in no time. I think the most valuable part of this book is the "here's how you'd do it in .NET, and here's how you do it in Rails" side of things. Really helps to solidify the concepts.

Rails for .NET Developers is chock full of great, usable code examples that should greatly expand your Rails toolkit in no time flat. This is a must have book if you're interested in learning the excellent Ruby on Rails framework, and the Ruby language itself. Order it now.
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