Beginning Rails 3

Beginning Rails 3

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J_E_Head More than 1 year ago
Every Rails books needs to set the stage, to "explain the rules" so to speak, since using Rails is quite different from other "traditional" approaches of web development (LAMP, etc.). Beginning Rails 3 sets the stage nicely, and continues to deliver throughout the entire text - at least, until it comes to getting your Rails app on the web. The first three chapters follow the typical pattern of a Rails book, explaining the origins of Rails, why it's good, how to install it, and then setting up a very simple web app so the reader can see how easy it is to get Rails up and running. One thing I liked in particular was in Chapter 1, where the authors stressed the importance of being open to the "Rails way" of doing things. This was a nice touch, as there's a good chance the "Rails way" is different from what the reader is expecting, especially if they have some experience developing with PHP. From there the authors continue to get more in-depth on the various aspects of Rails, focusing on Active Record (the database aspect of a web app) and Active Pack (the "bridge" between the user interface and the database) for the first half of the book. Readers who prefer the programming aspect of development will most likely enjoy these chapters. Web designers more interested in the user interface aspects of a web app will enjoy Chapter 8, which goes over Rails' Ajax support. I would have preferred this chapter to be a bit more in-depth, but I like the fact that the authors covered how to switch from the built-in Prototype library to jQuery, which is more common and better suited (in my opinion) for Rails development. Chapter 9, "Sending and Receiving E-Mail" was a welcome surprise. In previous Rails books I've read (Simply Rails 2.0 and Foundation Rails 2) I don't remember this being mentioned - but it's such a common requirement for web apps, that almost every Rails developer needs to learn how to do this as some point. Rails has a very systematic way of testing, and Ch. 10 was a good (though hardly exciting) overview of how to test the various aspects of the web app you've been building (if you've been following along and typing in code as you've been reading - you can also download the code rather than type it all out, if you prefer, and links are provided at the beginning of each chapter). I was also a bit surprised that Internationalization was covered in this book, and this was a really nice touch. It's a very rare Rails developer that doesn't, at some point, want to add some sort of plugin to extend the functionality of the web app they're building. Chapter 12 goes over how to do this, even covering how to create and add your own plugin to Rails. Probably my biggest expectation for this book was Chapter 13, which goes over deploying a Rails app to the web. Unfortunately, this chapter is lacking, mentioning Capistrano and Phusion Passenger in passing, but nothing about server configuration. I personally wanted to know how to do this, even if I decide not to do so with a real web app. This is a serious omission, in my opinion, and mars an otherwise great book. Beginning Rails 3 is a great resource for those who are new the Rails, covering most of the key aspects of Rails 3 web development. Unfortunately, it falls short when it comes to actually explaining how to get your Rails app out into the world.
cbernard More than 1 year ago
Beginning Rails 3 is a book that does a great job introducing an aspiring web developer to the world of Ruby on Rails, and the architecture conventions that Rails utilizes. The book is a good size, goes over the 'hows' and 'whys' of the basics, while creating a useful example project. I work as a Web Designer that is starting to branch into development, and I had some experience with earlier versions of Rails in a couple work environments, but never really caught on to the concept. This book helped clear quite a few things up. Previous "beginner" books I had read didn't explain fully enough, didn't flow well, or were written as what seemed like edited versions of more advanced books. The authors of Beginning Rails 3 do an excellent job of explaining each step. There is a good balance of code entry and explanation, and does not stray from the current topics. The instruction comes across at a decent personal level-as if the authors are there sitting at a table with you over a cup of coffee. Each chapter was also easy to retain in memory. There are also a couple of nice appendices, which give primers for Databases and the Ruby language itself. The project is a blog, which is quite relevant, and can be utilized once completed. Many Rails books in the past have dealt with projects or examples that are hard to build on once learned, such as a store (without anything to sell), or small examples that can't be built upon. I found the project itself to be a key benefit of this book, and plan on deploying for my own blog once I make a few modifications. I really enjoyed this book. Lately, it seems like beginner's books are a bit too dumbed down, or are written in an almost juvenile matter. This book was different, and had a very professional approach with true real-world exercises. I recommend this book for anyone who has some knowledge of the field, but needs a firm foundation for getting to the next step.
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