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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (9 Jan. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596515774
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596515775
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 499,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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David Griffiths began programming at age 12, when he saw a documentary on the work of Seymour Papert. At age 15, he wrote an implementation of Papert's computer language LOGO. After studying Pure Mathematics at University, he began writing code for computers and magazine articles for humans. He's worked as an agile coach, a developer, and a garage attendant, but not in that order. He can write code in over 10 languages and prose in just one, and when not writing, coding, or coaching, he spends much of his spare time travelling with his lovely wife and co-author Dawn.

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David Griffiths began programming at age 12, after being inspired by a documentary on the work of Seymour Papert. At age 15 he wrote an implementation of Papert's computer language LOGO. After studying Pure Mathematics at University, he began writing code for computers and magazine articles for humans and he is currently an agile coach with Exoftware in the UK, helping people to create simpler, more valuable software. He spends his free time traveling and time with his lovely wife, Dawn.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Sharpe on 12 July 2009
Format: Paperback
I've used Head First books before and was looking forward to working thorugh this one to bring my knowledge into the 21st century. Like all Head First books, it is well thought out, entertaining and contains lots of useful exercises to help you understand things. A couple of provisos - the scenario they gave where you were going to help out a friend by creating a complete application in a weekend became a bit ironic. This was because the version of Rails that I picked up didn't have SQLite3 (the database engine) in it any more, which stopped things in their tracks so to speak. It was fairly easy to download it separately, but even then it didn't work without quite a bit of trawling the web to find the rather obscure command to get it talking to Rails properly. Not HF's fault, but perhaps they could have put more info on their website. Speaking of which, when you had to download things from the HF website to do exercises, it wasn't always immediately obvious which bits you needed.

Otherwise it did what it said on the tin and I can recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ed Parker on 20 Mar. 2009
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I have been trying to find out about Rails for a while now and have found a lot of the information and training is for older versions, boring, or doesn't make sense. If you are a windows user and want to explore rails and get up to speed on the core basics Just download instant rails and follow this book. It's the most enjoyable, easiest to follow book I have ever read. I never write reviews but was so overjoyed with this book I was compelled to write something.

This is a complete book for beginners on the subject. If you are already upto speed with some of rails functionality, it may be worth looking elsewhere for something more indepth and chunky.

Beginners - I Love This Book!!!!!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By rowantree on 17 July 2009
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Risking black-balling from the lifelong Perl camp and having learned Ruby via a so-so stramash of Ruby books I decided to find out what all the fuss was about with this Rails malarkey and bought Head First Rails as my book.

All I can say is, this is a fabulous book, a novel and effective way of teaching something, and Rails is looking very interesting indeed. I've been working through it after work (I should get a life, I know, but it's summer and the digital TV signal has died behind the leafy trees) and didn't get bored at all. Armed with new found knowledge have now ordered another book to maybe come at it from a different angle. Or maybe not.

Now if UK ISPs got their act together with hobbyist Rails hosting...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 18 Dec. 2011
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I was looking forward to learning a new technology that is supposed to be more helpful and easier to use than ASP.Net but this book isn't the recommended source that I'd use today (18th December 2011) as the book is out of date using Rails 2 (we're now on Rails 3) and a quick search online and I discovered that there are a lot of mistakes in the book; within the first couple of pages when explaining a web server layers.

However, the general layout and concept of the book on how to encourage learning and ensure that new information is easy to digest and regurgitate is great and very well implemented.
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