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4.0 out of 5 stars A great beginners guide to Ruby on Rails
This is a great kick start to learning Rails, though I strongly suggest you read Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional, 2nd Edition (Expert's Voice in Open Source) first which is a fantastic beginners guide to Ruby and Object Orientated Programming, don't try and learn rails before you learn Ruby. Ruby on Rails is a fantastic web development tool, but there is a...
Published on 4 Nov. 2010 by Stuart

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3.0 out of 5 stars Source code doesn't work...
I've spent about 4 hours working through this book and at least 2 hours of that has been trying to figure out why the code they give doesn't work. Even their own versions, which you can download from GitHub, come up with errors and refuse to work. So, so far, it's been an absolute headache and not a pleasant introduction to Rails - certainly not the fast and easy coding...
Published on 4 Sept. 2011 by B. Dyson


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4.0 out of 5 stars A great beginners guide to Ruby on Rails, 4 Nov. 2010
This is a great kick start to learning Rails, though I strongly suggest you read Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional, 2nd Edition (Expert's Voice in Open Source) first which is a fantastic beginners guide to Ruby and Object Orientated Programming, don't try and learn rails before you learn Ruby. Ruby on Rails is a fantastic web development tool, but there is a huge wall to climb before you can really take advantage of it, note this book is only for beginners, so its not as in depth as the Pragmatic Programmers Agile Web Development with Rails (which I suggest you purchase after reading this book), but it is easier to read and gives a good general over view of creating a basic data driven site, including testing, deployment and version control (with git).
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3.0 out of 5 stars Source code doesn't work..., 4 Sept. 2011
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B. Dyson (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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I've spent about 4 hours working through this book and at least 2 hours of that has been trying to figure out why the code they give doesn't work. Even their own versions, which you can download from GitHub, come up with errors and refuse to work. So, so far, it's been an absolute headache and not a pleasant introduction to Rails - certainly not the fast and easy coding experience that is promised.

I've given it 3 stars because the book itself is quite well written and well explained, but if the code doesn't work, then I'm going to have to buy another book, which would make this useless.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea, too many mistakes, 8 Dec. 2011
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P. Reed "flip" (Manchester, UK) - See all my reviews
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I followed this book from cover to cover, and I think I really got a good feel of the Rail way of working. The kinds of exercises it presented were the right level of difficulty for me, as someone experienced in PHP and Java.

Unfortunately, there were an increasing number of mistakes in each chapter, often in the code you are expected to type. Don't they have proof readers at Apress?

The webpage for the book should really have an errata section, but doesn't.
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