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Head First Rails: A learner's companion to Ruby on Rails

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

    Practical and refreshing approach to the basics of Rails

    While I am developing an actual application with Rails, my approach to learning has been very "pull" as needed. The one book I did use cover-to-cover to get started was "Rails Up and Running" which was very short (awesome) and showed many cool features. Awesome! However, I wanted to get some better grasp of the core parts of this framework, do some cool stuff (RSS and Mashups) and follow good patterns like HTML is content and CSS is for layout. It's in this book.

    This book is actually fun to work along with, it is not a dry tome on the theory of REST and how Rails does it. It is not a complete guide to the most awesome, super, Rails hacks. It is a book of good, solid basics... as in any task, having the basics is a must. The better you have them the better your code is.

    This is not a reference at all, it's far too "Head's First" for that. However, the various exercises, bullet points and the resulting application code can make it something to which you can refer because the information is in a context of use.

    There are some hand waving spots - and a few little bugs I had to work around in routes and such, but you can always peek at the code from the book site if you get stuck.

    So even though I have already done some multi-model forms, queries, RJS, and form animations - I did get something from this book. If you are a super-Rails genius you probably won't get anything from this book, but if you are starting or in the middle and want to get some fundamentals then consider this book.

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