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“My former company (CD Baby) was one of the first to loudly switch to Ruby on Rails, and then even more loudly switch back to PHP (Google me to read about the drama). This book by Michael Hartl came so highly recommended that I had to try it, and the Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial is what I used to switch back to Rails again.”
—From the Foreword by Derek Sivers (sivers.org), formerly, Founder, CD Baby; currently, Founder, Thoughts Ltd.
“Michael Hartl’s Rails Tutorial book is the #1 (and only, in my opinion) place to start when it comes to books about learning Rails. . . . It’s an amazing piece of work and, unusually, walks you through building a Rails app from start to finish with testing. If you want to read just one book and feel like a Rails master by the end of it, pick the Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial.”
—Peter Cooper, editor, Ruby Inside
“Grounded in the real world.”
—I Programmer (www.i-programmer.info), by Ian Elliot
“The book gives you the theory and practice, while the videos focus on showing you in person how it’s done. Highly recommended combo.”
—Antonio Cangiano, Software Engineer, IBM
“The author is clearly an expert at the Ruby language and the Rails framework, but more than that, he is a working software engineer who introduces best practices throughout the text.”
—Greg Charles, Senior Software Developer, Fairway Technologies
“Overall, these video tutorials should be a great resource for anyone new to Rails.”
—Michael Morin, ruby.about.com
“Hands-down, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get into Ruby on Rails development.”
—Michael Crump, Microsoft MVP
Michael Hartl is the author of the Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial, the leading introduction to web development with Ruby on Rails. His prior experience includes writing and developing RailsSpace, an extremely obsolete Rails tutorial book, and developing Insoshi, a once-popular and now-obsolete social networking platform in Ruby on Rails. In 2011, Michael received a Ruby Hero Award for his contributions to the Ruby community. He is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator entrepreneur program.
I have no idea why this book ~always~ gets recommended for learning rails. This book explains nothing how rails works, its just a "do this, do this" copy and paste tutorial. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Brad
I'm not sure if it's because I'm using Windows, but after about 15 hours of trying to work through the tutorials in this book I've given up. Read morePublished 12 months ago by disappointed
Well structured, organised tutorial with well thought out examples. I was amazed at how much I learnt from this book and the examples were clear and worked aithout any problem. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Christopher Young
Great Book, Well written, Michael also has it online for free and it is updated.Published 16 months ago by Jim
This is a good book. I wont criticize it or pick it apart too much BUT it is not entry level. Start with the first one... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Kevin
Do not buy this book. It was written for a previous version of ruby on rails and is now seriously outdated. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Douglas K. Harman
There is no boring stories or long explanations in this book. It'll take you step by step showing all you need to know to start developing your own Rails application and it'll make... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Pawel Biel
I am about halfway there and the book is great for beginners. My only complain is that I had to look for lots of answers on the internet for the examples that didn't work exactly... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Razvan Botez