Rails: Up and Running, 2nd Edition
Lightning-Fast Web Development
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: October 2008
Pages: 224

In just a matter of days, you can develop powerful web applications with Rails that once took weeks or months to produce with other web frameworks. If that sounds too good to be true, it isn't. Find out for yourself with Rails: Up and Running, the concise and popular book that not only explains how Rails works, but guides you through a complete test drive.

Perfect for beginning web developers, this thoroughly revised edition teaches you the basics of installing and using Rails 2.1 and the Ruby scripting language. While Rails is praised for its simplicity, there are still a few tricky steps to master along the way. Rails: Up and Running offers lots of examples and covers just about everything you need to build functional Rails applications right away. Learn how to:

  • Create simple database-backed applications, and build dynamic user-centric web pages using Ajax and REST
  • Exploit the Rails service frameworks to send emails and implement web services
  • Map data to an imperfect table, traverse complex relationships, and build custom finders
  • Use techniques to solve common database performance problems

See how fast you can go on Rails, and how reliable it's become with the stability and power of version 2.1. With Rails: Up and Running, you'll discover why Rails is a remarkable new way to build database-driven web applications.
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Comments about oreilly Rails: Up and Running, 2nd Edition:

I was struggling to get a Rails backend up for an idea I had, but this book had me up and running in less than two days! I had no prior experience with Ruby, but am now charging toward pro status. Excellent buy!

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Excellent introduction to Rails

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Comments about oreilly Rails: Up and Running, 2nd Edition:

I really enjoyed the approach and material in this book. It covered VERY advanced topics in a succinct, well organized manner. If you have familiarity with other WEB frameworks, and want an answer to the question "What is Rails?" - this is the book for you! It won't make you a Rails guru overnight, but it will certainly educate you on the use of Rails and the "Rails way" of doing things.

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Beautiful Little Book

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Comments about oreilly Rails: Up and Running, 2nd Edition:

At a scant 200 pages (including appendices) this book should be helpful to any experienced developer who's trying to find their way into Ruby on Rails.

It's style is definitely terse, and requires a close reading - but that's a strength, in my opinion. Every sentence matters. One benefit of that style - and the consequent brevity of the book - is that if you find yourself confused about a topic, you can easily go back to the relevant section and review it; not as easily accomplished in a more verbose text.

The chapter dealing with associations was particularly of insight to me - illuminating how models can be tied together so that their sum is greater than the parts. Also, the little rake task that they provide early on is a beauty and helps clear up the inevitable migration issues.

In summary, it's a very concise, 'meaty' introduction to RoR.

Good job!

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