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  • Paperback: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Addison Wesley; 2 edition (27 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321832051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321832054
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.9 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“My former company (CD Baby) was one of the first to loudly switch to Ruby on Rails, and then even more loudly switch back to PHP (Google me to read about the drama). This book by Michael Hartl came so highly recommended that I had to try it, and the Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial is what I used to switch back to Rails again.”

—From the Foreword by Derek Sivers (sivers.org), formerly, Founder, CD Baby; currently, Founder, Thoughts Ltd.

 

“Michael Hartl’s Rails Tutorial book is the #1 (and only, in my opinion) place to start when it comes to books about learning Rails. . . . It’s an amazing piece of work and, unusually, walks you through building a Rails app from start to finish with testing. If you want to read just one book and feel like a Rails master by the end of it, pick the Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial.”

—Peter Cooper, editor, Ruby Inside

 

“Grounded in the real world.”

—I Programmer (www.i-programmer.info), by Ian Elliot

 

“The book gives you the theory and practice, while the videos focus on showing you in person how it’s done. Highly recommended combo.”

—Antonio Cangiano, Software Engineer, IBM

 

“The author is clearly an expert at the Ruby language and the Rails framework, but more than that, he is a working software engineer who introduces best practices throughout the text.”

—Greg Charles, Senior Software Developer, Fairway Technologies

 

“Overall, these video tutorials should be a great resource for anyone new to Rails.”

—Michael Morin, ruby.about.com

 

“Hands-down, I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to get into Ruby on Rails development.”

—Michael Crump, Microsoft MVP

About the Author

Michael Hartl is the author of the Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial, the leading introduction to web development with Ruby on Rails. His prior experience includes writing and developing RailsSpace, an extremely obsolete Rails tutorial book, and developing Insoshi, a once-popular and now-obsolete social networking platform in Ruby on Rails. In 2011, Michael received a Ruby Hero Award for his contributions to the Ruby community. He is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator entrepreneur program.


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I'm rarely compelled to review products, but this book has forced my hand. Strictly speaking I've been using the web version for the past few days, but only five chapters in I've had to go ahead and order the print copy because it's so devastatingly awesome.

I honestly consider this the finest technical instruction that I've ever encountered. As a long-time developer taking his first few tentative steps with both Ruby and Rails, this book is perfectly pitched. Moreover, the author's style is terrifyingly encouraging--it seems as though he's actually read a whole bunch of other flawed tech resources and avoided their pitfalls. Miraculous stuff!

Do yourself a favor--if you're new to Rails, and especially if you're new to both Ruby and Rails--buy this book. Now! Go!
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I have been using this book and the video series for the last few weeks. I have also got a lot of other Rails books and, apart from the Obie Fernandez one, this is the only other one I would recommend.

The book is challenging, but only because it really pushes you to learn by giving you lots of information in a succinct way. He directs you well to other sources of information to fill in the gaps, and the lessons are well paced and really thorough. If you are reasonably intelligent then I really cannot see how you could fail with this book, though I can see how you can go wrong with most other lessons out there.

If you learn best by example and seeing how it is done then this will be even better. Unfortunately I am the other type of learner and have trouble with any loose ends, so I found myself going on long detours to find out the "why" of everything when many times I would have been better completing the chapter, by which stage the why is often answered, and if not you are in a better position to go looking - I hope this last bit of advice will be use to the other "But whyyy?" people out there ;)

One area where I feel Michael's overall package really would benefit from improvement is the support side. There is no user forum and people are instead encouraged to ask questions on Stack exchange. I think this is both a frustration for the user and also an opportunity lost. The author states that this is because forums are a nightmare to run, and to this I can testify, having been admin and moderator for several. But, I still think there should be some attempt made for users of the book and tutorial to talk amongst themselves and help each other. Classroom teachers would tell you that this is where the best learning comes from - peer learning.
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Although this book is available for free on the internet I found it very useful having it available offline on my kindle, it gave me a chance to read through the book before trying out the tutorials.
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