From the Publisher
If you are a Java programmer, you shouldn't have to start at
the very beginning! You already have deep experience with the design issues
that inspired Rails, and can use this background to quickly learn Ruby and
Rails. But Ruby looks a lot different from Java, and some of those
differences support powerful abstractions that Java lacks. We'll be your
guides to this new, but not strange, territory.
In each chapter, we build a series of parallel examples to demonstrate some
facet of web development. Because the Rails examples sit next to Java
examples, you can start this book in the middle, or anywhere else you want.
You can use the Java version of the code, plus the analysis, to quickly
grok what the Rails version is doing. We have carefully cross-referenced
and indexed the book to facilitate jumping around as you need to.
Thanks to your background in Java, this one short book can cover a
half-dozen books' worth of ideas:
# Programming Ruby
# Building MVC (Model/View/Controller) Applications
# Unit and Functional Testing
# Project Automation
# Web Services
About the Author
Stuart Dabbs Halloway is the Chief Technical Officer at DevelopMentor (http://www.develop.com). Stuart is the author of Component Development for the Java Platform, part of the DevelopMentor book series and due to be published by Addison-Wesley in December 2001. From January 2000 to July 2001, Stuart wrote a monthly Tech Tips column for the Java Developer Connection. He has also written for JavaPro magazine. Stuart regularly speaks at industry events such as JavaOne. Prior to DevelopMentor, Stuart worked as a lead engineer and project manager, shipping successful projects for Prentice Hall, National Geographic, and Duke University's Humanities Computing Facility. He received his B.S. and M.P.P. from Duke University in 1990 and 1994, respectively. Working as a professional programmer, instructor, speaker and pundit since 1992, Justin Gehtland has developed real-world applications using VB, COM, .NET, Java, Perl and a slew of obscure technologies since relegated to the trash heap of technical history. His focus has historically been on "connected" applications, which of course has led him down the COM+, ASP/ASP.NET and JSP roads. Justin is the co-author of Effective Visual Basic (Addison Wesley, 2001) and Windows Forms Programming in Visual Basic .NET (Addison Wesley, 2003). He is currently the regular Agility columnist on The Server Side .NET, and works as a consultant through his company Relevance, LLC in addition to teaching for DevelopMentor.