Sinatra: Up and Running: Ruby for the Web, Simply 1st Edition, Kindle Edition
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And this book makes is a quick, painless, and worthwhile journey.
It is a fantastic book and you need to get it if you use Ruby for anything, but especially if you use if for Rails. You'll have fun, it'll take less than a day, and you'll be a better Sinatra, Ruby, Rails, or whatever developer.
Now I'm not sure if I need Rails 4- Sinatra is elegant, beautiful and powerful and this book got me up and running at full productivity in less than a day. I'm rethinking Rails design philosophy in the greater freedom Sinatra offers, which, even if I go back to Rails, will only make me a better Rails developer.
This book has no fluff and one one of the things I loved about is that most core concepts are shown via HTTP requests via cURL and the concept of RESTFUL web development is made extremely clear.
Better yet, the second half of the book walks the reader through Sinatra internals showing the way using irb (Ruby's interactive shell) and object introspection. What was magic becomes clear, and gives readers the confidence to use Sinatra to it's maximum.
A final note on Sintra- Sinatra interacts with the Rails ecosystem via the common ground of Ruby, Ruby Gems and Rack, the web-server middleware used by Rails. You can use ActiveRecord, HAML, SASS, Bundler, and create apps that are very similar to Rails in design.
Familiarity with Ruby and Rack is a bonus, and will help the material digest a bit easier.
Funny when it can be.
Good coverage about Sinatra concepts.
A book to start thinking how web applications can be effective, robust and simple at the same time.