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4.0 out of 5 stars Beware of beta version, 27 May 2014
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I received the beta2-version, and not the first edition, as the picture suggests. Still pretty good use to follow the edx SaaS online course. Everything is in broad strokes, but it coveres Ruby on Rails, Agile/Scrum, Test-Driven Development among other disciplines well to get into and explore yourself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It is good for beginners, 30 Jun 2014
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This review is from: Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing + $10 AWS Credit (Kindle Edition)
Very basic introduction to software as a service. It is good for beginners, but for more advanced users it is a bit too basic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book ... old version, 24 May 2014
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This review is from: Engineering Software as a Service: An Agile Approach Using Cloud Computing + $10 AWS Credit (Kindle Edition)
This is a fantastic. Watch it though because while advertised as FIRST EDITION, I was sent the Beta edition.
Really clear and well written.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well worth buying, stand-alone or as accompliment to the course (cs169.x) but do consider Kindle version for Free upgrades!, 25 April 2014
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I did manage to complete the course last year (April 2013) without purchasing this book, however it was a struggle and spent many hours Googling and reading on-line tutorials.

This book gives an excellent background and pre reading for the Engineering Software as a Service CS169.1/2 EDX Course.
The course is being developed continuously, so consider the kindle version, since you can get the upgrades for free (updates and errata fixes).

I would recommend this book, for anyone serious about learning Ruby/rails application development combined with modern practices (Agile, Scrum, Pair programming, Git, Heroku, ...). It's not one book which covers all those topics in detail, you might need to go out and get a Ruby book as well, depending on your experience or whether you can learn languages with online references and materials, but it is the book that brings all those things together into a coherent form in a practical fashion.

Many exercises, and off book references, this, repositories for courseware available for cloning at Github. You learn by doing, and this book will point you n the right direction and give you a good start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SaaS in Clouds, 17 Aug 2013
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Patrick Mullane (Cork, Ireland) - See all my reviews
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This book accompanies the edX course on Software as a servervice(SaaS). The opening chapters detail the various theories of software engineering, give a fairly high level introduction to ruby & rails and then delve into the creation of applications on the cloud, on a VM environment.
Overall, I found the authors writing style crisp and informative which helped to clarify a number of concepts. The programming language sections are a tad short, but they mention other resources to learn the language so that is not an issue. The price point, for the kindle, is of exceptionally good value - this may be due to the book's beta nature. However apart from some very minor formatting issues on the kindle, this is not an impediment and in summary this is highly recommended.
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