Practical Reporting with Ruby and Rails

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Business intelligence and real–time reporting mechanisms play a major role in any of today’s forward–looking business plans. With many of these solutions being moved to the Web, the popular Rails framework and its underlying Ruby language are playing a major role alongside web services in building the reporting solutions of tomorrow.

Practical Reporting with Ruby and Rails is the first book to comprehensively introduce this popular framework, guiding readers through a ...

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Overview

Business intelligence and real–time reporting mechanisms play a major role in any of today’s forward–looking business plans. With many of these solutions being moved to the Web, the popular Rails framework and its underlying Ruby language are playing a major role alongside web services in building the reporting solutions of tomorrow.

Practical Reporting with Ruby and Rails is the first book to comprehensively introduce this popular framework, guiding readers through a wide–ranging array of features. Note this isn’t a staid guide to generating traditional reports, but rather it shows you how the Ruby language and Rails framework can create truly compelling reporting services by plugging into popular third-party applications and services such as Google AdWords, UPS.com, iTunes, and SalesForce.com.

What you’ll learn

  • Create reporting solutions for both the Web and the desktop
  • Integrate with powerful third–party retail solutions such as eBay, and Amazon.com in order to monitor your sales campaigns in real–time
  • Build an invoice reporting system using Rails and PayPal
  • Monitor your sales performance by taking advantage of SugarCRM’s web service offerings

Who this book is for

Ruby and Rails developers seeking to create compelling business intelligence and reporting solutions using a wide variety of applications and services.

Table of Contents

  1. Data Access Fundamentals
  2. Calculating Statistics with Active Record
  3. Creating Graphs with Ruby
  4. Creating Reports on the Desktop
  5. Connecting Your Reports to the World
  6. Tracking Auctions with eBay
  7. Tracking Expenditures with PayPal
  8. Creating Sales Performance Reports with SugarCRM
  9. Investment Tracking with Fidelity
  10. Calculating Costs by Analyzing Apache Web Logs.
  11. Tracking the News with Google News
  12. Creating Reports with Ruby and Microsoft Office
  13. Tracking Your Ads with Google AdWords
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590599334
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 2/4/2008
  • Series: Expert's Voice in Open Source Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 9.12 (w) x 10.92 (h) x 0.78 (d)

Meet the Author

David Berube is a Ruby developer, trainer, author, and speaker. He's used both Ruby and Ruby on Rails for several years, starting in 2003 when he became a Ruby advocate after he wrote about the language for Dr Dobb's Journal. Prior to this, he worked professionally with PHP, Perl, C++, and Visual Basic.

His professional accomplishments include creating the Ruby on Rails engine for CoolRuby.com, a site that tracks the latest Ruby developments, and working with ThoughtBot.com on the Rails engine that powers Sermo America's Top Doctor contest. Additionally, he has worked on several other Ruby projects, including the engine powering CyberKnowHow's BirdFluBreakingNews search engine, and he also created the Slueshi text adventure game system, a multiplayer text game engine written in Ruby.

David's journalism has been in print in over 65 countries, in magazines such as Linux Magazine, Dr Dobb's Journal, and PHP International Magazine. He's also taught college courses and spoken publicly on topics such as "MySQL and You" and "Making Money with Open Source Software."

He lives in New Hampshire and his hobbies include basketball, yo-yos, and sleep.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 25, 2008

    Really good in depth and breadth.

    I've read and used hundreds of technical books over the years but this one stands out as exceptional. Berube has certainly done a great deal of the heavy lifting for us on this topic. One of the very nice things that Berube does in his writings is that he keeps them complete. Whether you are a newbie or not, he always orients you to his examples from the essentials on up. I always find it very challenging to read a 'how-to' article and then spending a big chunk of time just figuring out the writer's audience. When you are trying to make something work (to deliver it on time!!) how often do you get swamped in petty little issues the writer doesn't address? Berube's examples -- indeed his well-reasoned approach throughout this book -- always build up from the elementary. Copious comments about pitfalls and delicious vignettes of other options define his style.

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