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Learning Rails

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While most books written about Rails cater to programmers looking for information on data structures, Learning Rails targets web developers whose programming experience is tied directly to the Web.

Rather than begin with the inner layers of a Rails web application--the models and controllers--this unique book approaches Rails development from the outer layer: the applicati
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 25th 2008 by O'Reilly Media (first published November 1st 2008)
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Learning Rails was a solid introductory guide to Rails. I feel like I now have a good foundation to build on, but some of that may be due to my previous experience with other programming languages.

The book, for the most part, sticks to the MVC and DRY philosophies of Rails. Unfortunately, there were some small sections where the authors broke from this without an explanation. For example, one code example puts DB Select code in the View, rather than the Controller.

However, my biggest gripe with
Far more in depth than the last one I read. Hard to follow. Seemed to be missing a sort of overall structure. It just went through a bunch of problems you'd face and how to solve them. Good follow up but I was right about the Head First Book being a much better introduction.

Skipped the ajax stuff at the end. I need to get an AJAX book. Seems like something I'm going to need to know.
John Chilton
I bought this book because Agile Web Development wasn't at the bookstore, please don't make the same mistake.
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