Apr 09, 12
New Rails developers, or developers seeking a Rails refresh.
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I've nearly completed the 3.2 version of this tutorial as a refresher and update for my Rails experience.
As long as you understand what this book offers, you'll probably be happy with it. Michael Hartl has delivered a thorough, easy-to-follow tutorial that is quite readable, and will give you a decent overview of what it's like to write a Rails application and pick up a few well-recommended tools along the way (RSpec, Bootstrap Framework, Factory Girl).
What it won't do is spend a lot of time walking you through lots of alternatives, explaining how the technology works, what your other choices are. All of those things would probably be a distraction to just getting an app built if you're new to Rails.
If you're looking for a deep understanding of the Rails framework and/or compatible tools, this isn't the book for you. If you're looking for a very easy-to-follow way to get started with Rails, this is a great choice.