- Paperback: 450 pages
- Publisher: SitePoint; 2 edition (May 17, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980455200
- ISBN-13: 978-0980455205
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,065,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Patrick Lenz thoroughly covers the basics, RESTful routing, plugins, testing, etc., and also teaches several tips, tricks, and shortcuts of the trade...things that you may not easily deduce by reading the API. Practically every concept covered is matched with hands-on exercises while developing the book's application. The code is accurate and virtually errata-free.
There were only a couple of times that I had a question. I emailed Patrick, he responded literally within minutes, and was very helpful!
I have read several Rails books. Yet this is only the second book I've read that truly practices what it preaches about testing (and the other was Patrick's first version for Rails 1.2.x: Build Your Own Ruby on Rails Web Applications).
If you want to learn Rails, or already know Rails pre-2.0 and want to get up to speed on the new features and functionality of Rails 2.0+, or finally commit to proper testing, buy this book and take the time to work through and understand every exercise. I think you will be very glad you did.
If i had to comment on the books limitations, i would say that there are a lot of topics that are glossed over: CSS, regular expressions, security. e.g. page 175, "regexs are confusing". I would've said that regex's are important in rails: validations, generating URL slugs, etc, and there are a lot of good resources, and also verbose mode to make them more readable. The book is pretty well indexed but "regular expressions" doesn't appear in index. p 329, you're shown how to take user input and display back in view *without* sanitizing. This is absolutely something you do not want to show in a beginner rails book. There's no mention of XSS, SQL injection, other security issues in the book, as far as i can tell. Something analogous is on p 258, where plain text passwords are stored to database, along with text that says this is not a great practice. The text should say "If you try to put this code into production, you'll probably be fired".
When you finish reading this carefully, you still won't know enough to look up issues in teh Rails Way book, which is where a aspiring Rails developer needs to be to find work. The book doesn't provide the next steps, e.g. never mentions the most often used rails plugins, ImageMagick, acts as solr/ferret, restful_auth, etc, doesn't mention any browser issues or DBMS issues.Read more ›
It is a book to introduce you to Rails (and Ruby) without going into too much of the technical aspects.
This will in no way make you proficient at developing Rails applications, however, it introduces you to the fundamentals (especially testing) of rails with which you can go and watch screen screencasts, follow tutorials or read other books on rails with a basic understanding of the process.
I do NOT recommend this book to anyone trying to further along their Rails training (nor is it intended for that).
I DO recommend this for anyone who has picked up a rails book or watched a screencast and blindly started to regurgitate the code that is being taught without understanding what it is supposed to do. This book will explain it.
A (free) tutorial with which I recommend in conjunction with this book is:
This tutorial goes into gory detail over (nearly) every basic step that you need to know to start your Rails apps.
I have read nearly 10 books , plus countless screencasts and tutorials (mostly outdated due to Rails 2.0) on Rails and Simply Rails 2 is by far the most up-to-date and easy to read for a true beginner.
Let me refine that: you will be able to write one Ruby on Rails application by the end of it. The book walks you through creating a program that works like Digg. The book explains well everything that you need to do to write this one program, and introduces you to the basics of RoR architecture and how RoR works. I followed the instructions and understood everything that was going on.
However, once you have finished this book and written your Digg-like program, there is no guidance for where to go next. There isn't a chapter on "Further Resources" or "Where to go from here" or anything at all - you're just stuck with your little Digg-imitation. Not only that, but the book tends to introduce information in a rather haphazard order. From a pedagogy standpoint, the order in which information is presented makes a lot of sense. But it makes the book useless as a reference manual, or even as a model for how to do your own project.
It's fine as a first step and as an introduction to Ruby on Rails, especially since at the moment it's the only thing in print about Rails 2.x. But you will have to read other books before you can be a competent RoR programmer.
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I came to rails knowing very little about ruby and even less about rails. This book got me started on the right foot. Read morePublished on September 24, 2009 by Kenji C. Crosland
This book is very good if you're trying to learn about rails, like i amPublished on August 7, 2009 by hens
This book doesn't cover the basics of Rails completely.But it is good for beginners who don't have any experience in website development. Read morePublished on July 7, 2009 by P. R. Babu
I started out buying Agile web Dev with Rails http://www.amazon.com/Agile-Web-Development-Rails-Third/dp/1934356166/ and wasn't learning much. Read morePublished on April 22, 2009 by Brenton
It's all in the title. This is a really good introduction to Rails. Great to work through, well written, and a satisfying result. Read morePublished on March 30, 2009 by Evan
While this book doesn't have all the details of Ruby, it does a great job of explaining Ruby on Rails. The writing is easy to follow and so far I have really enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by L. Paredes
I was working through a free copy of version one when version two came out. Wanting the latest explanation, I purchased this book, and am very satisfied. Read morePublished on February 8, 2009 by Kevin Judd
Patrick gives a terrific intro to Ruby and RoR through the book-long creation of a sample application from scratch to something pretty impressive. Read morePublished on December 13, 2008 by Rob S.
As this was the only "intro" book out yet (in hard copy) for Ruby on Rails 2.0 when I purchased it, I really didn't have a lot of choice. Read morePublished on October 29, 2008 by Tom K.