Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial: Learn Rails by Example
—Peter Cooper, Editor of Ruby Inside
Using Rails 3, developers can build web applications of exceptional elegance and power. Although its remarkable capabilities have made Ruby on Rails one of the world’s most popular web development fr...more
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 wal ...more
But there is also one major vice - Michael Hartl forgot about one part of the TDD: Refactoring. He starts every step with failing test, and he's going through the implementation, but with final design and clear code. It would be a big help for newbie programmers if book would cover refactoring topic, after EVERY new feature.
This is a good intro Rails 3.0 book. I had a break from Rails and when I last worked with Rails it was version 1.4. If you already know Rails pretty well this book is too basic, but it's still a good refresher if you've been away from it. It highlights all the elegant things about Rails very well.
Things I liked about this book:
* Easy to read with a good example - highlights the benefits of Rails well
* Free website that includes the en ...more
The content is, on the whole, fairly well explained, getting concept ...more
The author doesn't miss a single detail, and all the explanations are very straightforward. He's obviously knows his s ...more
There is not much energy expended on any particular topic, but the pace of progress is steady and the exercises are challenging enough to engage active learners without being un ...more
With peaks and introductions to whole bunch of other stuff giving you a taste so you can choose to explore further. It is free online which is amazing and whats more it is even regularly updated on line. I bought ...more
The examples are simple but easily scalable. Hooray! The author is someone who can use ...more
A number of other books i've read around the world of Rails do not cover more complex concepts behind associations and testing (!!!!). Michael's writings here not only show how to connect the dots of rails (mvc+more) but the app he builds is interesting and from the start you are doing TDD.
I bought this book and read it after already having experience with Rails and still found it super useful. I've also passed emails with Michael when i had questions ...more
I especially like the exercises at the end of each chapter that allow you to practice what you've learned and dive in a little bit deeper.
Make sure you check out the book's website at http://railstutorial.org/
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