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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 4 edition (14 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356549
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356548
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 259,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sam Ruby is a prominent software developer who is a co-chair of the W3C HTML Working Group and has made significant contributions to many of the Apache Software Foundation's open source software projects. He is a Senior Technical Staff Member in the Emerging Technologies Group of IBM.

Dave Thomas, as one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, understands agility. As the author of "Programming Ruby," he understands Ruby. And, as an active Rails developer, he knows Rails.

David Heinemeier Hansson is the creator of the Rails framework.


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By MrParsimonious on 2 May 2011
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I just received and have gone through the first few chapters in a few hours. There is no point in buying any other book to learn RoR. You can tell how deep an understanding of their subject these guys have by how easy it is to follow. Simply magnificent. You will gain a more fundamental insight to Ruby and Rails as you go through this.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Matt on 1 Aug. 2011
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I come from a Java/NET/PHP background and found this book very easy to read and helped me get a site up and running in 2 weeks.

My wife is a web designer with zero programming background yet she was able to read bits if this book and pick up on how to use views and controllers to the point she never needed to ask me to help.

Very good book for both experienced developers coming from other languages needing a start and for beginners.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on 11 Jun. 2012
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I am a few chapters in, having already learned Ruby through the pragprog 1.9 book (excellent). I am disappointed and confused and have had to use another book (Simply Rails 2, Patrick Lenz) to actually teach me the things that this book just prints examples on.

It's like "Watch this! Type these lines in and see how easy it is - see! We'll explain how it all works later" and on to the next subject. I find this very poor as it leaves me wondering what I am supposed to have learned and I end up spending my time looking up strange convolutions of syntax (or lack of bracketing) that they have done with no explanation.

Maybe if you already knew Rails this would make sense. For me, I had to get another book, which I am now reading. As I cover chapters on the book that teaches RoR, I dip back into this one to see what this "Agile" running, chapter-to-chapter "Science Project" is doing. Basically I am trying to get my moneys worth ;)

Maybe it will get better as I go on, but I am an experienced programmer (Assembly -> C++) and have found it pretty confusing so far. Don't make this your only book if you do buy it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Jack on 23 July 2011
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The early parts of this book involve building a site which sounded to me like a great approach in practice I'd have far preferred if the author had spent a bit of time explaining each of the fundamentals before showing them used. I say this as I find it far easier to learn at least a little about something before using it. In addition I find books written in that style easier as they aren't so full of forward references (as in "we'll explain this further here"). So some may enjoy the style but if you learn as I do then this book is not for you.

One other smallish issue to be aware of is that the code examples don't display properly on a kindle as the screen isn't large enough.
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By Benjamin S on 12 Mar. 2014
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This is a great book. Thanks a lot. I now make a living from Rails thanks to this book. Good example.
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