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Agile Web Development with Rails 4 (Pragmatic Programmers) [Paperback]

Sam Ruby , Dave Thomas , David Heinemeier Hansson
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11 Oct 2013 1937785564 978-1937785567 1

Rails just keeps on changing. Both Rails 3 and 4, as well as Ruby 1.9 and 2.0, bring hundreds of improvements, including new APIs and substantial performance enhancements. The fourth edition of this award-winning classic has been reorganized and refocused so it's more useful than ever before for developers new to Ruby and Rails.

Rails 4 introduces a number of user-facing changes, and the ebook has been updated to match all the latest changes and new best practices in Rails. This includes full support for Ruby 2.0, controller concerns, Russian Doll caching, strong parameters, Turbolinks, new test and bin directory layouts, and much more.

Ruby on Rails helps you produce high-quality, beautiful-looking web applications quickly. You concentrate on creating the application, and Rails takes care of the details.

Tens of thousands of developers have used this award-winning book to learn Rails. It's a broad, far-reaching tutorial and reference that's recommended by the Rails core team. If you're new to Rails, you'll get step-by-step guidance. If you're an experienced developer, this book will give you the comprehensive, insider information you need.

Rails has evolved over the years, and this book has evolved along with it. We still start with a step-by-step walkthrough of building a real application, and in-depth chapters look at the built-in Rails features. This edition now gives new Ruby and Rails users more information on the Ruby language and takes more time to explain key concepts throughout. Best practices on how to apply Rails continue to change, and this edition keeps up. Examples use Concerns, Russian Doll caching, and Turbolinks, and the book focuses throughout on the right way to use Rails. Additionally, this edition now works on Ruby 2.0, a new release of Ruby with substantial functional and performance improvements.

This edition is for Rails4.0 and beyond.


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (11 Oct 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937785564
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937785567
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 19.4 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 145,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""When I started learning Ruby on Rails, I read the first edition of this book. Its holistic view of the Rails framework and community provides any new developer the kick start they need to a highly successful career. After reading through the latest edition cover to cover, I can happily say that it continues that trend and remains the first book I recommend to any new Rails developer.""--Mikel Lindsaar, Rails core commit team, creator of the Ruby Mail library, and director, RubyX

About the Author

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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book (if you know ruby) 6 Feb 2014
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This is a good book for someone exploring the framework. The author does not dive into details of how something is done as he assumes that a) you know the ruby language b)you have some web programming experience . Without ruby knowledge you are going to get lost reading stuff like 'yield' ,'module' , 'symbols' ...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Basic book 29 Jan 2014
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Quite nice and informative book for the beginners rails developers. P.s but I don't suggest reading it for more advanced users.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Lacks coverage of new features 20 Nov 2013
By Josh - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The product description for AWDWR4 includes this paragraph:

"Rails 4 introduces a number of user-facing changes, and the ebook has been updated to match all the latest changes and new best practices in Rails. This includes full support for Ruby 2.0, controller concerns, Russian Doll caching, strong parameters, Turbolinks, new test and bin directory layouts, and much more."

Shockingly, AWDWR4 includes no discussion of some of the aforementioned changes, including Turbolinks and strong parameters, which are the first two subjects I searched for in my copy of AWDWR4. The authors simply included a link to Turbolinks' GitHub repo, and there is literally not one mention of the term "strong parameters" in the whole book! AWDWR4 seems to be a hastily-updated version of AWDWR3, which I also own.

If you already know Rails 3, I recommend that you not waste your time or money on AWDWR4. After realizing that AWDWR4 is worthless, I bought PDF copies of Rails 4 in Action and The Rails 4 Way. (The print versions of these books are available for pre-order at Amazon.) These two books are currently in beta, but they're already over 700 pages long and they include sections devoted to strong parameters, Turbolinks, etc.

In the past, I bought Pragmatic books without bothering to evaluate them beforehand because their books had always been high-quality. This seems to no longer be the case, and I won't buy another Pragmatic book until one is recommended to me by someone I trust. Pragmatic joins O'Reilly in this regard.

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Update (2014-01-22):

In response to a comment on my review, I compared the indexes in AWDWR3 and AWDWR4. What motivated me to compare the indexes was the fact that AWDWR4's index doesn't include entries for either strong parameters or Turbolinks, which is surprising for a Rails 4 book. I checked the first pages of both indexes and here's what I found:

AWDWR3: Action Controller, 309, 321-332
AWDWR4: Action Controller, 309, 319-330
Same number of pages. (These are the pages in AWDWR4 that should have included discussion about strong parameters.)

AWDWR3: Action Dispatch, 309-319
AWDWR4: Action Dispatch, 309-319
Same exact page numbers.

AWDWR3: Action Mailer, 177-183
AWDWR4: Action Mailer, 177-183
Same exact page numbers.

AWDWR3: Action View, 343-368
AWDWR4: Action View, 341-366
Same number of pages.

As I wrote above, AWDWR4 seems to be a hastily-updated version of AWDWR3.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great starter for a rails noob 13 Nov 2013
By Aaro Helander - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have some experience for C# .net web development as a business information technology student. I'm a complete noob with practically zero knowledge of ruby and ruby on rails. Regardless I find this book very intuitive to follow, and I think if you know any object oriented language to some degree, you can pick this up and start learning ruby and rails easily at the same time.

To make the point clear, I think this book is NOT for total newbies due to the way many concepts are just thrown around without explanation, but great for those who know the basic programming concepts already and just want to read something that makes them see the big picture of rails and get started as fast as they can.

I think I won't be going back to .NET for a long time..
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for beginners 28 April 2014
By Siddhardha - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second book on Rails that I purchased to learn new features in Rails 4 (the first one being Ruby on Rails Tutorial - I bought the paper copy which covers Rails 3 but the free online version covers Rails 4). As someone relatively new to Rails, I found this book easy to follow. I tried all the sample code and it worked without any problems. The explanations accompanying code is clear for the most part. Since I already learned the Rails way of doing things in Ruby on Rails Tutorial book, the main value addition in this book for me was in Part III - Rails in Depth - a lot is discussed and several ideas tossed around for someone to use in a real project.

The main downside of this book is that some of the treatment is superficial. For example, an authentication mechanism is developed in the book which is good for illustrative purposes but it's not replaced with a relevant gem that's ready to use (such as devise). This book uses MiniTest for the most part for automated tests. In my work place MiniTest is considered to be too basic in terms of functionality/scope and therefore cucumber/rspec/capybara are used instead. This book barely mentions these gems and capybara is not mentioned at all. Another thing to note is that this book does not use TDD but develops tests as after the fact - which is not necessarily bad in itself (depending on your style of development) but something to be aware of.

If you are a beginner to Rails, you can checkout either this book or Ruby on Rails Tutorial book - both will get you started. If you have preference towards TDD, then go with Ruby on Rails Tutorial. Personally I liked the TDD style of Ruby on Rails Tutorial. I suspect that neither of these two books will be very useful to intermediate/advanced Rails developers.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is my go-to Rails book 24 Jan 2014
By gatorgirl - Published on Amazon.com
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I love everything about this book. I find myself going back to it over and over, even after I read it cover-to-cover. It includes almost everything you could possibly want to know about Rails 4 and Ruby. There's practical examples you can follow, and it takes you through the whole process of creating an application. It's very obvious that the authors know what they're doing, but they also know how to explain it very well.

Very comprehensive once you get to the back, and includes a number of advanced features and topics once you're done, and where to go from there.

This one's a keeper!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 29 Oct 2013
By Jamie Miller - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great rendition of the Rails 3 guide, it covers a lot of good information from ground up. This is a great book for new programers and a great review for those of you who are coming from rails 3 like myself.
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