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Too obtuse, not enough explanation (from experienced programmer)
on 11 June 2012
I am a few chapters in, having already learned Ruby through the pragprog 1.9 book (excellent). I am disappointed and confused and have had to use another book (Simply Rails 2, Patrick Lenz) to actually teach me the things that this book just prints examples on.
It's like "Watch this! Type these lines in and see how easy it is - see! We'll explain how it all works later" and on to the next subject. I find this very poor as it leaves me wondering what I am supposed to have learned and I end up spending my time looking up strange convolutions of syntax (or lack of bracketing) that they have done with no explanation.
Maybe if you already knew Rails this would make sense. For me, I had to get another book, which I am now reading. As I cover chapters on the book that teaches RoR, I dip back into this one to see what this "Agile" running, chapter-to-chapter "Science Project" is doing. Basically I am trying to get my moneys worth ;)
Maybe it will get better as I go on, but I am an experienced programmer (Assembly -> C++) and have found it pretty confusing so far. Don't make this your only book if you do buy it.