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Practical Rails Projects (Expert's Voice) 2007th Edition
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Eldon Alameda has written the book for people who have some previous Rails experience or may have cracked open one of the introductory books on offer, but who want to learn the framework by observing a number of working projects. In some ways that leads to overlap with a book like Practical Rails Social Networking Sites (Expert's Voice), but whereas that built up one example this book covers seven ranging from a system to track progress through an exercise programme, to an appointment scheduler that interfaces with 37signals' Highrise using ActiveResource.
The first few projects proceed at an even pace and are likely to be helpful to a newcomer to Rails, there's a fair bit of overlap with examples available in other volumes, but they work well together. While the author discusses the decision to skip over the writing of tests and/or specs, it did seem that in a volume of this size that topic should have been given a little space, even if that involved sacrificing one of the sample projects.
Unfortunately the book loses pace a little later on, particularly with the introduction of the Ext JS library which is used to build user interfaces but ends up occupying far more space than the actual Rails code in the later chapters.Read more ›
I have finished the my first quick read, and now with the required source code online I have made it through the first 5 chapters of excercises, and I am impressed with the breadth that is covered in 621 pages.
This book would be a great book for someone who is an advanced beginner (admittedly an oximoron) or intermediate Rails programmer. It takes the reader through 7 short projects with only 23 pages of space on initial handholding on how to get your development system up and running.
While the author skips the usual Test/Behavior Driven Development paradigm, it is a logical course in this case in order to cover so many topics.
This book covers many topics in with lots of breadth including Rest Based Authentication, Advanced Caching, converting PHP game sites that I found quite useful.
Lastly and most importantly for me was the last 4 chapters of the book that focused on a project using Rails 2.0 + some nifty integration with Yahoo Maps.
Especially with the active participation of the author in supporting this book and its readers, I strongly recommend it as an addition to any rails advanced beginner/intermediate programmer.
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I've been toying with Rails for about a year. Going through a lot of the begginer books - Agile Web Development with Rails, Railspace, Ruby on Rails E-commerce, etc. Read morePublished on July 25, 2008 by Flynn
I try to learn ruby on rails form a lot of sources, but as Eldon says I ended with great books but every single one, guide me so well that in the end I only know how to do the... Read morePublished on March 6, 2008 by Jose Betancur