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on 27 March 2011
This book is neither a reference manual nor a beginners guide to rails, it is not going to try and teach you Ruby, and it does not take you through building a Rails application, and it makes certain assumptions about the gems and libraries you should be already using to develop and test Rails Applications. It is however a fantastic book to unravel some of the deepest mysteries of RoR, explaining how Rails works its magic from under the hood in an easy to understand dialogue and sensible format, giving an in depth view of each of the elements that make up the Rails stack, (Config, Routes, Controllers, Active Record, Action View, Helpers, plus much more) while showing you how to keep to the path of least resistance. I haven't read it 'cover to cover' yet, but its a great book to just pick up, choose a section and expand your knowledge. I am not a Rails expert, and would consider myself to be at an intermediate level with both Ruby and Rails, which is why I am finding The Rails Way the perfect tool to bridge my knowledge of a fantastic programming language and a powerful web development tool. If you are developing websites with Ruby on Rails, you would truly benefit from reading this book.
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I originally purchased the original Rails Way - along with the Ruby Way (and others in the series) - I have always rated these books highly and this rewrite to cover rail3 is again excellent as expected.

I have also ordered a 'companion' which is the Ruby Tutorial - which seems to have been delayed in release (with DVD) - and have in my impatience purchased the package direct from the authors web site - in pdf and ipod/QTime format.

I cannot express how highly I regard this book alongside the others in the same series.

I would add more specifics but am working my way through book - and will update review with specifics again. Great Coverage!
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on 24 December 2012
Great book for digging into the makeup of rails. It's such a powerful framework with huge and extensive API documentation available online, but it does benefit from the human touch provided in this book.
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on 15 June 2013
This book lifted back the covers of Ruby on Rails 3.0 and allows a more experienced developer to learn about how to bend the framework to their needs as necessary.
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