Ruby on Rails is the revolutionary online programming tool that makes creating functional e-commerce web sites faster and easier than ever. With the intuitive, straightforward nature of Ruby and the development platform provided by Rails, you can put together full-fledged web applications quickly, even if you're new to web programming.
You will find a thorough introduction to both Ruby and Rails in this book. You'll get the easy instructions for acquiring and installing both; understand the nature of conditionals, loops, methods, and blocks; and become familiar with Ruby's classes and objects. You'll learn to build Rails applications, connect to databases, perform necessary testing, and put the whole thing together to create real-world applications such as shopping carts and online catalogsapps you can actually use right away.
What you will learn from this book
• How to install and use Ruby and Rails
• Object-oriented programming with Ruby
• Rails fundamentals and how to create basic online applications
• How to work with HTML controls, use models in Rails applications, and work with sessions
• Details on working with databases and creating, editing, and deleting database records
• Methods for handling cookies and filters and for caching pages
• How to connect Rails with Ajax
Who this book is for
This book is for anyone who wants to develop online applications using Ruby and Rails. A basic understanding of programming is helpful; some knowledge of HTML is necessary.
Wrox Beginning guides are crafted to make learning programming languages and technologies easier than you think, providing a structured, tutorial format that will guide you through all the techniques involved.
About the Author
Steven Holzner is the award-winning author of more than 100 programming books. He’s been involved in Ruby on Rails for a long time, and does commercial Rails development. He’s also been on the faculty of Cornell University and MIT, as well as having been a contributing editor for PC Magazine.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Welcome to Ruby.
Creating a First Web Application.
Getting Started with Ruby.
Checking the Ruby Documentation.
Working with Numbers in Ruby.
Working with Strings in Ruby.
Storing Data in Variables.
Interpolating Variables in Double-Quoted Strings.
Reading Text on the Command Line.
Creating Symbols in Ruby.
Working with Operators.
Handling Operator Precedence.
Working with Arrays.
Using Two Array Indices.
Working with Hashes.
Working with Ranges.
Chapter 2: Conditionals, Loops, Methods, and Blocks.
It’s All about Making Choices: the if Statement.
Using the case Statement.
Creating and Calling a Method.
Making Use of Scope.
Working with Blocks.
Chapter 3: Classes and Objects.
All about Encapsulation.
Creating a Class.
Creating an Object.
Basing One Class on Another.
Understanding Ruby’s Object Access.
Creating Class Variables.
Creating Class Methods.
Chapter 4: Welcome to Rails.
Putting Ruby on Rails.
Introducing Model-View-Controller Architecture.
Giving the View Something to Do.
Mixing Ruby Code and HTML Inside the View.
Passing Data from an Action to a View.
Escaping Sensitive Text.
Adding a Second Action.
Chapter 5: Building Simple Rails Applications.
Accessing Data the User Provides.
Using Rails Shortcuts for HTML Controls.
Working with Models.
Tying Controls to Models.
Initializing Data in Controls.
Storing Data in Sessions.
Chapter 6: Connecting to Databases.
Tutorial on Databases.
Creating a Data-Aware Rails Application.
Creating the Database.
Running the store Application.
Adding Another Record.
Beautifying the Display.
Chapter 7: Working with Databases.
Displaying Items to the Customer.
Creating a Shopping Cart.
Combining Purchases in the Cart.
Clearing the Cart.
Letting the User View the Cart Anytime.
Chapter 8: Validating and Testing.
Validating the Presence of Data.
Validating if Data Is Numeric.
Validating if Data Is Unique.
Creating the Validator Application.
Writing Your Own Validate Method.
Testing Your Model.
Testing Your Controller.
Chapter 9: Controlling the Action with the Action Controller.
Creating a Filter.
Logging in with Filters.
Using After Filters.
Rendering Text Directly.
Chapter 10: Getting the Big Picture with Views.
Creating XML Attributes.
Using View Helpers.
Using View Pagination.
Using Partial Templates.
Passing Data to Partial Templates.
Chapter 11: Ajax and Rails.
Getting Access to Ajax Data.
Using XML and Ajax.
Using HTML Controls and Ajax.
Performing Ajax Searches.
Performing Visual Effects.
Appendix A: Answers to Exercises.
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