- Paperback: 720 pages
- Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 2 edition (December 24, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0977616630
- ISBN-13: 978-0977616633
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.2 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 61 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,574,630 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Dave Thomas, as one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, understands agility. As the author of "Programming Ruby," he understands Ruby. And, as an active Rails developer, he knows Rails.
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The very beginning chapters get a functional website application up and running called Depot (an on line book store) and they do this in such a way that you don't have to know the Ruby language (no, it's not scaffolding). As long as you can understand how gears work and fit together and that one turns clockwise and another turns counter clockwise, I don't think you'll have a problem.
With that being said, without knowing Ruby, you may be able to get by on making your own application from scratch but, it will be very rough. The purpose of this book is to teach you about Rails, not Ruby.
My recommendation is, read this book first, before a Ruby book. That way, seeing the Ruby code will be much easier to take in after you see how it works in Rails and to syntax used. Do NOT skimp on learning Ruby after you read this book! You will be sorry! There are TONS more to learn just by learning the language itself. There is more than one way to skin a cat and by learning the rest of the language, you will be more empowered to figure out problems on your own.
The only problem I had with this book was that, in the middle of chapter 5, it skipped back to chapter 3 and finished out chapter 5, chapter 6 and half of chapter 7 was missing. This is the printer's fault, not Amazon's or Pragmatic Programmer's fault. If you happen to get a messed up book, don't contact Amazon, it takes forever. Instead, I contacted Pragmatic Programmer via email and let them know of the situation and to my surprise, they sent me a brand new book still in plastic, priority mail which took about 2 days to get to me! I was just expecting maybe the missing chapters in PDF format but, this shows a lot of character on the part of the company (Pragmatic Programmers). My email was responded to in less than 45 seconds after I hit the "send" button. I would like to offer much praise to the company for this!
If you are a PHP developer, there is another framework that has been modeled after Ruby on Rails called CakePHP. It is fairly new and under heavy development but, the basic principals are the same. The only reason I am plugging them here is, without having learned this framework, I don't think I would have thought about looking at Ruby on Rails. For a super quick breakdown of how MVC pattern works. Be aware that Ruby on Rails is much easier. I think this is due to the nature of PHP and not the framework itself. The devs try their hardest to make it easy for you.
I guess I don't have anything else to say about this except, if you do buy this book, you will not be disappointed.
Agile Web Development with Rails (2nd edition) is excellent and I highly recommend it to someone wanting to learn Rails. However, I do have a reservation. The extended example is a bit simplistic. It covers enough stuff to introduce you to the different part of Rails that is needed to build a website, but it doesn't cover everything you would need to do to actually build a production website...though the rest of the book touches on some of the missing parts of the example.
Also note, the book doesn't teach you object oriented programming, but that is not what it is far. It does have a short appendix explaining Ruby. If you're a quick learner, you should be able to pick up everything you need without buying another programming book. Nonetheless, I think having another book to teach Ruby and Object Oriented Programming concepts as a reference guide would be of great help.
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