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- Present content by building an application with a basic view and a simple controller, while learning Ruby along the way
- Build forms and process their results, progressing from simple to more complex
- Connect forms to models by setting up a database, and use Rails’ Active Record to create code that maps to database structures
- Use Rails scaffolding to build applications from a view-centric perspective
- Add common web application elements such as sessions, cookies, and authentication
- Build applications that combine data from multiple tables
- Create simple but dynamic interfaces with Rails and Ajax