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Not as good as I hoped :(
on 1 January 2014
Everyone, including my best friend, said this is THE book I should get. I've been doing web development on the side for a few years now, so I'm not a newbie by any means. This book, I was hoping, would get me the extra lift to become a serious web/rails developer. The scope of it is certainly that, however, I don't find it to be a very good tutorial. I needed over a week to fight myself through the first 2 chapters, and that's not because rails is not explained correctly, but because the environment set-up is the part that lacks proper exposure. I have spent more time on Google, than reading the book. I also find that the author is slightly Apple-oriented so if you dare do this in Linux or Windows, by any means do not rely on the book, nor the links it provides. The information you'll get is either outdated or incomplete. So, environment-wise the book is really poor.
When it comes to rails itself, and once and if you actually get there (a big if, if you ask me), the book is fine. A little outdated, and thus, a bit dear as well, but it gets you where you're supposed to get.