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Practical JRuby on Rails Web 2.0 Projects: Bringing Ruby on Rails to Java (Expert's Voice in Java) 2007th Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1590598818
ISBN-10: 1590598814
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Ola Bini is a longtime developer from Sweden who started at age 9 with Basic, on an Apple IIc; from there, he learned C, C++, Assembler, Lisp, Java, Ruby, and various other languages. He has no formal education except for a few Sun Java certifications. He has worked with system development at Karolinska Institutet since 2001 and runs his own consulting company, OLogix Consulting, in his spare time. He has contributed to various open-source projects and is one of the three core developers of the JRuby project.
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Product Details

  • Series: Expert's Voice in Java
  • Paperback: 333 pages
  • Publisher: Apress; 2007 edition (September 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590598814
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590598818
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,898,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James Stewart on November 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I am not in this book's target audience. Whereas the book is aimed at experienced java developers who are just getting started with rails and want to take advantage of JRuby, I've rarely touched Java but have lots of ruby and rails experience and am interested in JRuby mainly to see where I might be able to take advantage of java libraries, or ship my ruby apps into new contexts. In that respect, the book was helpful but there's probably space for a companion volume for people like me.

The book takes a measured pace, introducing Rails early on and then building in different components from the Java world as it works through four different projects. Use of JDBC within a rails app, calling ruby code from Java, deployment strategies, packaging a Rails app as a .jar that can be dropped into an application server, and making use of java for interfacing with SOAP web services are all covered.

Readers will probably need to spend some time experimenting with each feature to really get comfortable with them, but the book works well to get you started and point in the right direction. The introduction to Ruby and Rails is a case in point, as Ola dives right in to his examples after a brief lead-in. That may work well for experienced developers who will enjoy exploring the accompanying code, but it is worth being aware of.

It did feel like there were some missed opportunities later in the book, particularly in the final project, to introduce more of Rails' "RESTful" features since that example really invited that style of design, and it would have been interesting to have some discussion of the pros and cons of treating the libraries built to interface with external services as models within a rails app, making the interface more transparent.
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It is a really good book. Just a bit old. If only the author would update it.

Still recommend it if you are looking to get a head state on jruby. You will run into a few surprises once you download and install the latest rails but nothing you cannot overcome am sure.
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