Synopses & Reviews
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.
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:
- Present web content by building an application with a basic view and a simple controller, while learning Ruby along the way
- Build forms and process their results, progressing from the simple to the more complex
- Connect forms to models by setting up a database, and use Rails' ActiveRecord to create code that maps to database structures
- Use Rails scaffolding to build applications from a view-centric perspective
- Add common web application elements such as sessions, cookies, and authentication
- Build applications that combine data from multiple tables
- Create simple but dynamic interfaces with Rails and Ajax
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 Dumbill is co-chair of the O'Reilly Open Source Convention. He is also chair of the XTech web technology conference. Edd conceived and developed Expectnation, a hosted service for organizing and producing conferences. Edd has also been Managing Editor for XML.com, a Debian developer, and GNOME contributor. He writes a blog called Behind the Times.
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