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  • Paperback: 450 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (15 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097669400X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976694007
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,105,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"It's early days for the language so it's no surprise there's only a handful of books out there. Yet it's hard to see why you would need anything more than Agile Web Development with Rails. Programming books, in particular, rarely seem to answer queries straight away, but this one tackles the myths surrounding Rails straight off, and in plain English. But don't panic, it's not a Dummies guide - it will teach you how to use Rails to eliminate tedious web app configuration and, crucially, how to integrate it into AJAX." .NET, December 2005

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Join the revolution. See how easy it is use Rails: the new full-stack, open-source web framework. Rails enables you to create full-featured, sophisticated web-based applications with less total code than the XML you'd need to configure the same application in other frameworks.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter Cooper VINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2005
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If you're a good Rails developer with experience, you won't lack for work nowadays (I am looking for people all the time it seems). This book has everything you need to become a good Rails developer. The experience bit is left as a reader exercise.
The cute thing about this book is how it was developed. A few months ago it was released in a "beta" PDF form and sold to early adopters. The beta readers sent back lots of corrections, suggestions, and so forth.. and, wow, the book has undergone radical changes. It's precise, it's correct, and it's totally "canon" on the standards of developing in Ruby on Rails. It ought to be though, the developer of Rails is a co-author!
I'm not going to go into what Rails is, or even what it does, as you shouldn't be here unless you know. If you need more information, go to the official Rails site which goes into it all in detail. But, this book is ace. You will not be wasting your money here if you want to be involved in the next massive thing in Web development. Put down your PHP books, and get involved in the exciting world of Rails.. your bank manager will thank you.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Oct. 2006
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Books on programming are often poor, using pointless examples and making unrealistic assumptions about your familiarity with the environment you're working in. This book is different. You work through the book developing a very satisfying, fully-featured application in a short time in such a way that you learn all that's important about using RoR in an agile manner.

If you run into a problem then the publisher's site has a comments/errata board and very comprehensive downloadable examples of the solution you're trying to develop at every stage. I've not tested it but I'm sure the authors would respond personally if you needed them to.

However, RoR is fast-moving. The second edition is in beta and it's very good indeed, making more use of things like Rake database migration and Ajax. I'd wait for that (or buy the beta now) if I were you.

Then you can review it yourself and give it six stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Craig Taverner on 4 Jun. 2007
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This book is very well written, easy to read and covers everything you need to know to get productive with Rails. However, I've been spoiled by Dave's 'Programming Ruby' book, which is so complete as to have entirely replaced the need for Internet searches. While 'Agile Development with Rails' is very comprehensive, I have still found the need to occasionally search elsewhere.

So if you want to get started with Rails, this is surely an excellent book to buy. But if you want to know everything, you will need this book and one more (I'm still looking for that one).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Thatcher on 31 Oct. 2006
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Great read, excellently written, even covering the more advanced topics very efficiently and clearly. This book IS the bible for rails, look no further.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 2006
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This book is a superb hands-on guide that will get you started with Rails in no time.
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