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Ajax on Rails: Build Dynamic Web Applications with Ruby Paperback – January 13, 2007
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Scott Raymond is a Ruby on Rails developer living in Kansas City. His work has been highlighted on the Rails website and the Wall Street Journal Online. Besides participating in the framework's development, he has led international Rails training sessions, and was a presenter at RailsConf 2006.
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Well I bought the book a year ago when I was thinking the same thing. But I didn't find the time to invest in a new language until now.
Unfortunately Rails 2.0 has been out for a while and this book is written to 1.2 or something. Prototype is also in version 2.x and the book was written to something like 1.5
And that doesn't even mention that there are much different ways to get Ruby and Rails installed now.
So far I've spent a few days just making Rails work at all on my XP computer. It turns out that there is now a package called InstantRails that you just unzip and run in place. So I wasted those days trying to track down the components described in this book to no avail.
Now that I'm working with the code, I'm finding that the examples simply don't work in about half the cases due to the deprecated functions and new naming conventions and so on. It's like learning how it was done two years ago along with how it is done now. And it's really slowing me down.
Every time something doesn't work, instead of learning the lesson intended by the book, I spend a lot more time learning how to troubleshoot the problem until I find the new correct way of doing the same thing.
So I can't say that I'm not learning from this book. I'm learning a lot. It just that I'm learning by correcting errors on my own instead of by clear examples that work. It's kind of painful and slow.
The book seems to be good other than that. My only complaint is that some of the terms used aren't clearly explained early on. But I think most programmers can get past those and just keep reading and be fine.
I just don't recommend buying this book anymore. If there's an updated version to cover the current versions of the applications, that might be worth getting.
The book is good for learning more about programming Rails. You need to read something else if you are just starting in Rails.
For those of you who are alreadying doing rails this adds a few more arrows to the programming quiver. It does not have a bunch of information as it is a thin book. The information it does provide is worth the cost of the book. I always just my professional books as to how much money they would save me and this book has saved me money. It is worth about 40-80 hours Internet searching and trial & error work.
It has explainations of scrip.aculo.us packages. It does have a good set of features that I find useful in a good collection.
For those of you familiar with O'Reilly books of the past, this book can be a little hard to read like the books of 10 years ago. Needs a little better editing.
A good book on Rails, just not a good starting book.
The second part is two chapters, two comprehensive references on Prototype and Scriptaculous, respectively. Combined, these might be worth the price of the book for some folks. I'm sure I'll be referring to these pages for some time.
Finally, you have three real-world application examples. Again, these might be worth the price of the book as well! You get a Review Quiz, Photo Gallery, and Intranet Workgroup application. The code is available at the O'Reilly site now, so you don't have to type them in, of course. Still, it's nice to read about them in the book, and why the author wrote them the way he did. All of the applications are useful, and use best-practices throughout.
It's nice to see O'Reilly starting to get their Rails titles out. Predictably, they're awesome. They always choose the best authors, edit and proof the books meticulously, and put out a quality product. Highly recommended.
It is not a beginner's ruby on rails book. You definitely need the official ROR book first. But this one covers ROR Ajax in great detail.
A must have book for whoever wants to bring Ajax into their rails development.
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Pretty standard layout. Good clear type. Page numbers, chapter titles, and section titles at bottom of page for easy skimming / searching.Read more