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By the end of the book, you'll be comfortable working in Rails. You won't be a Ruby guru, but you'll be ready to take advantage of other resources forbecoming one. This approach may test the patience of hardcore programmers. But, while databases and objects may be at the core of web application development, they aren't necessarily at the core of everyone's web application skills. If you'd rather learn Rails from the outside in, working with the more familiar view side of the application, you're in the right place with Learning Rails.
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Targeting web designers, developers and programmers, St. Laurent and Dumbill's (both with O'Reilly) text approaches Rails development from the outer layer--the application interface--rather than beginning with the inner layers, the models and controllers, of the Rails web application. Coverage includes installing Ruby on Rails; creating a very simple Rails application, and then exploring ways to create a more sophisticated layout using a variety of tools; understanding controllers and what they do; building forms and processing their results; connecting forms to models by setting up databases, and using Rails' ActiveRecord to create code that maps directly to database structures; using Rails scaffolding to build applications from a view-centric perspective; building applications that combine data from multiple tables; testing and debugging Rails code; adding common web applications elements like sessions, cookies, and authentication; and building Ajax applications and sending e-mail messages. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
This unique book deals with Rails from the outside in, providing relevant information for experienced Web developers and designers who have an interest in using Rails.
While most books written about Rails cater to programmers looking for information on data structures, Learning Rails targets web developers whose programming experience is tied directly to the Web.
Rather than begin with the inner layers of a Rails web application--the models and controllers--this unique book approaches Rails development from the outer layer: the application interface. You'll learn how to create something visible with Rails before reaching the more difficult database models and controller code. With Learning Rails, you can start from the foundations of web design you already know, and then move more deeply into Ruby, objects, and database structures. This book will help you:
Once you complete Learning Rails, you'll be comfortable working with the Rails web framework, and you'll be well on your way to becoming a Rails guru.
About the Author
Simon St. Laurent is a web developer, network administrator, computer book author, and XML troublemaker living in Ithaca, NY. His books include XML: A Primer, XML Elements of Style, Building XML Applications, Cookies, and Sharing Bandwidth. He is a contributing editor to XMLhack.com and an occasional contributor to XML.com.
Edd is Managing Editor of XML.com. He also writes free software, and packages Bluetooth-related software for the Debian GNU/Linux distribution. Edd is the creator of XMLhack and WriteTheWeb, and has a weblog called Behind the Times.
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