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Head First Rails: A Learner's Companion to Ruby on Railsby David Griffiths
Synopses & Reviews
Ready to transport your web applications into the Web 2.0 era? Head First Rails takes your programming — and productivity — to the max. You'll learn everything from the fundamentals of Rails scaffolding to building customized interactive web apps using Rails' rich set of tools and the MVC framework.
By the time you're finished, you'll have learned more than just another web framework. You'll master database interactions, integration with Ajax and XML, rich content, and even dynamic graphing of your data — all in a fraction of the time it takes to build the same apps with Java, PHP, ASP.NET, or Perl. You'll even get comfortable and familiar with Ruby, the language that underpins Rails. But you'll do it in the context of web programming, and not through boring exercises such as "Hello, World!"
Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Rails uses a visually rich format designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.
Book News Annotation:
Using a format based in cognitive science and learning theory, this guide to Ruby on Rails focuses on a visual presentation rather than text to describe basic features and commands as database interactions, AJAX and XML integration, dynamic data graphing and all levels of scaffolding. Griffiths, an agile coach in the UK, has aimed this book at programmers and developers who need to learn the fundamentals of Rails as quickly as possible and don't have the time to build apps with Java, PHP, ASP.NET or Perl. He uses a humorous and entertaining approach to generating Web 2.0 applications with Rails tools and the MVC framework that will benefit developers who are building sites from scratch or simply adding a few new features. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
With the bestselling Head First approach, web application developers quickly learn how to build database-centric applications using the Rails framework.
About the Author
David Griffiths began programming at age 12, after being inspired by a documentary on the work of Seymour Papert. At age 15 he wrote an implementation of Papert's computer language LOGO. After studying Pure Mathematics at University, he began writing code for computers and magazine articles for humans and he currently works in the UK, helping people to create simpler, more valuable software. He spends his free time traveling and time with his lovely wife, Dawn.
Table of Contents
Advance Praise for Head First RailsPraise for Head First AjaxPraise for other Head First booksAuthor of Head First RailsHow to use this Book: IntroChapter 1: Getting Started: Really Rapid RailsChapter 2: Beyond Scaffolding: Rails apps, made to orderChapter 3: Inserting, Updating, and Deleting: Everything changesChapter 4: Database Finders: Truth or consequences?Chapter 5: Validating your Data: Preventing mistakesChapter 6: Making Connections: Bringing it all togetherChapter 7: Ajax: Avoiding the trafficChapter 8: XML and Multiple Representations: It all looks different now...Chapter 9: REST and Ajax: Taking things furtherChapter 10: Real-World Applications: Rails in the real world
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