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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.