The Rails Way: Driving Rails into the Enterprise (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby) Paperback – 16 Nov 2007
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About the Author
Obie Fernandez is a recognized tech industry leader and independent consultant. He has been hacking computers since he got his first Commodore VIC-20 in the eighties, and found himself in the right place and time as a programmer on some of the first Java enterprise projects of the mid-nineties. He moved to Atlanta, Georgia, in 1998 and gained prominence as lead architect of local startup success MediaOcean. He also founded the Extreme Programming (later Agile Atlanta) User Group and was that group’s president and organizer for several years. In 2004, he made the move back into the enterprise, tackling high-risk, progressive projects for world-renowned consultancy ThoughtWorks. He has been evangelizing Ruby and Rails online via blog posts and publications since early 2005, and earned himself quite a bit of notoriety (and trash talking) from his old friends in the Java open-source community. Since then, he has presented on a regular basis at numerous industry events and user group meetings, and even does the occasional training gig for corporations and groups wanting to get into Rails development. Nowadays, Obie specializes in the development and marketing of large-scale, web-based applications.
Top customer reviews
Pragmatic use of Rails is about using great plug-ins and making use of all the framework has to offer this book helps you discover the full extent of what Rails has to offer so you can spend less time coding and more time reusing.
If you want to learn by example, this book might not suit you, as it is more of a reference book than a step by step guide. What it will give you however is a great, deep knowledge of Rails allowing you to 'invent' your own examples along the way. My advice to novices: choose yourself a basic project to begin with (e.g. make a address book system with login), and then read the book with the idea of "how do I do this best?", make notes, then when you feel confident - put all the pieces of your system together.
This is the only RoR book I have read that goes beyond the information you can find on the internet and is actually worth buying. You will not be let down. You will refer to it all the time.
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That's where this book helps tremendously. There are not large examples for development, but it tells you what Rails is doing under the hood, how it's doing it, and why. It's a wonderful book for those looking for a deeper understanding.
Of course, it's definitely not for complete beginners. You should already know how to do at least the basics with Rails (particularly the console), and it would help to have a base understanding of Ruby.
The Rails Way is a marvelous book to study after you have some rails experience and need to understand why the framework works like it does, and uncover aspects of rails that aren't commonly mentioned in other books. Honestly, to get the most value, I'd recommend reading this book cover to cover at least once and really study it. There's a lot of great information packed into every page, it is well worth the effort to read it all.
Obie's chapter on ReST is the best and most concise explanation I've read so far. I wasn't able to completely understand ReST until I sat down and focused on that one chapter. Just that section alone made this book worth it for me.
It is a good reference book when you know it well.
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