The expert guide to building Ruby on Rails applications Ruby on Rails strips complexity from the development process, enabling professional developers to focus on what matters most: delivering business value. Now, for the first time, there s a comprehensive, authoritative guide to building production-quality software with Rails. Pioneering Rails developer Obie Fernandez and a team of experts illuminate the entire Rails API, along with the Ruby idioms, design approaches, libraries, and plug-ins that make Rails so valuable. Drawing on their unsurpassed experience, they address the real challenges development teams face, showing how to use Rails tools and best practices to maximize productivity and build polished applications users will enjoy. Using detailed code examples, Obie systematically covers Rails key capabilities and subsystems. He presents advanced programming techniques, introduces open source libraries that facilitate easy Rails adoption, and offers important insights into testing and production deployment. Dive deep into the Rails codebase together, discovering why Rails behaves as it does and how to make it behave the way you want it to. This book will help you Increase your productivity as a web developer Realize the overall joy of programming with Ruby on Rails Learn what s new in Rails 2.0 Drive design and protect long-term maintainability with TestUnit and RSpec Understand and manage complex program flow in Rails controllers Leverage Rails support for designing REST-compliant APIs Master sophisticated Rails routing concepts and techniques Examine and troubleshoot Rails routing Make the most of ActiveRecord object-relational mapping Utilize Ajax within your Rails applications Incorporate logins and authentication into your application Extend Rails with the best third-party plug-ins and write your own Integrate email services into your applications with ActionMailer Choose the right Rails production configurations Streamline deployment with Capistrano "
It's better than Agile Web Development w/Rails (despite the grammatical error in the first sentence of the foreword -- don't judge it by that). It is also an intermediate to semi-advanced text, so don't expect a tutorial on how to build a shopping cart.
I particularly enjoyed some of the sidebar quips -- "Wilson says... Writing applications without tests makes you a bad person, incapable of love." -- although I don't necessarily agree with them all.
The chapters on controllers, routing, views are decent. I've read the ActionPack/ActiveSupport source and this is easier to digest (along with appendix A). The four chapters on ActiveRecord are as boring as, well, ActiveRecord. What can you do?
Similarly, skip the Testing chapter and jump straight to the one on RSpec.
Finally, the production configuration and deployment chapters, like much of the book, offer some good advice that will save you time. I've learned from experience and trial & error much of what Obie says here, and it would have been great to have this cheatsheet 6-8 months ago. Better late than never!
Great book that finally made the Rails web application framework (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_on_...) truly understandable to me. I read the Pragmatic Rails book, but it was not as clear and detailed as this book.
The ultimate Rails desk reference. Essential for anyone looking to develop quality Rails apps. The book will increase programming productivity and enjoyment with well thought written examples. Covers Rails 2.0, Testing, Ajax, E-Mail, deployment... etc.