Head First Rails: A learner's companion to Ruby on Rails [NOOK Book]

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Ready to transport your web applications into the Web 2.0 era? Head First Rails takes your programming -- and productivity -- to the max. You'll learn everything from the fundamentals of Rails scaffolding to building customized interactive web apps using Rails' rich set of tools and the MVC framework.


By the time you're finished, you'll have learned more than just another web framework. You'll master ...

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

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Overview

Ready to transport your web applications into the Web 2.0 era? Head First Rails takes your programming -- and productivity -- to the max. You'll learn everything from the fundamentals of Rails scaffolding to building customized interactive web apps using Rails' rich set of tools and the MVC framework.


By the time you're finished, you'll have learned more than just another web framework. You'll master database interactions, integration with Ajax and XML, rich content, and even dynamic graphing of your data -- all in a fraction of the time it takes to build the same apps with Java, PHP, ASP.NET, or Perl. You'll even get comfortable and familiar with Ruby, the language that underpins Rails. But you'll do it in the context of web programming, and not through boring exercises such as "Hello, World!"


Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Rails uses a visually rich format designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781449371647
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/23/2013
  • Series: Head First
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 735,200
  • File size: 30 MB
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Meet the Author

David Griffiths began programming at age 12, after being inspired by a documentary on the work of Seymour Papert. At age 15 he wrote an implementation of Papert's computer language LOGO. After studying Pure Mathematics at University, he began writing code for computers and magazine articles for humans and he is currently an agile coach with Exoftware in the UK, helping people to create simpler, more valuable software. He spends his free time traveling and time with his lovely wife, Dawn.

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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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