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A good book on SaaS concepts based on examples in Ruby on Rails
on April 11, 2012
I have bought this book as a supplement for the online UC Berkley course on Software as a Service, and it helped me a lot in absorbing all the covered concepts.
Beware of two things though: this is an Alpha version, so it is very rough, and about half done (half of the chapters are literally missing from the book), and the title is very vague, and doesn't give much info on actual subjects covered. This book provides a good primer in: Ruby, Rails, SaaS concepts and driving ideas, Agile SW development, Cloud computing, GIT usage, Herouku usage, Testing (unit, functional, integration) and Business analysis (all this is covered in the first half which can be found in this Alpha version). The full version promises to tackle a few more subjects, like working with legacy code.
The book comes with some extra material like webcasts and code snippets hosted at Pastebin. These can be quite useful, but are not accessible on all eBook devices.
Needless to say, it is very topic-rich, which results in superficial coverage at some places. Still, in my view it gives a very good basis for further improvement, and it bootstraps you to actually be able to deploy your first web application onto a public cloud server.
Considering the price for the Alpha, I feel it is worth the information you will find within. Also, consider taking the free SaaS class, just Google it :).