Learning Rails 3
Rails from the Outside In
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: July 2012
Pages: 414

If you’re a web developer or designer ready to learn Rails, this unique book is the ideal way to start.

Rather than throw you into the middle of the framework’s Model-View-Controller architecture, Learning Rails 3 works from the outside in. You’ll begin with the foundations of the Web you already know, and learn how to create something visible with Rails’ view layer. Then you’ll tackle the more difficult inner layers: the database models and controller code.

All you need to get started is HTML experience. Each chapter includes exercises and review questions to test your understanding as you go.

  • Present content by building an application with a basic view and a simple controller
  • Build forms and process their results, progressing from simple to more complex
  • Connect forms to models by setting up a database, and 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
  • Send and receive email messages from your applications

"Learning Rails 3 feels like a brisk pair programming session with professionals who know how to use Ruby on Rails to get things done, and get them done well."
-Alan Harris, author of Sinatra: Up and Running

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    2.0

    Not for Learning Rails 4

    By Nelson

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    Pros

    • Easy to understand
    • Good Style
    • Good Style Easy Reading
    • Helpful examples
    • Well-written

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    • Not For Rails 4

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    Comments about oreilly Learning Rails 3:

    I bought this book in August of 2012 on a whim. The ebook was subsequently updated in July of 2013. I finally got around to needing to learn Rails and turned to Learning Rails 3. Guess what? The default version of Rails from RVM for both Ruby 1.9.3 and 2.1.1 is Rails v4.0.4. The first "create your first Rails application", Hello01, as a tutorial fails immediately. It's probably some simple difference between Rails 3 and Rails 4, and this book certainly says it is for Rails 3.x. So I was not misled. Just updated out of a book.

    The style of the book is good. The reading is pleasant. But I can't use it as a tutorial when I am working with Rails 4.

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    4.0

    Really, really good book

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    • Some errors

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    Comments about oreilly Learning Rails 3:

    I was very curious about this book when came out. I like the way authors present material in book. First, they show bigger picture and step-by-step explain it in details. Book covers basics and focuses on providing good background for further learning. Each chapter at the end contains "Test Your Knowledge" section which nicely recap topics mentioned in chapter. Authors put a lot of valuable tips.
    From my point of view book needs improvement to be perfect — there are some errors and I found Chapter 5 with REST & HTTP methods not-so-easy to grasp in comparison to other chapters.
    To sum up, Learning Rails 3 is really, really good book.

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    Simplest book around

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      Comments about oreilly Learning Rails 3:

      I've read a few chapters now, and from what I can tell this is the easiest RoR book around! ideal for beginners, well done!

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      First impression: Really good

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        Comments about oreilly Learning Rails 3:

        This book targets (not only) frontend developers who are faced with developing in a Rails environment. I haven't yet read much of the "early release", but so far it seems like a really well-done work. It's very understandable and answers all the questions I had so far (I know how to code in PHP, but mostly from a front end perspective).
        I'd cautiously recommend this book to my colleagues (if it continues to maintain that quality it shows in the first chapsters).

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