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Table of Contents

  1. Chapter 1 Getting Started

    1. Introduction

    2. Joining the Rails Community

    3. Finding Documentation

    4. Installing MySQL

    5. Installing PostgreSQL

    6. Installing Rails

    7. Fixing Ruby and Installing Rails on OS X 10.4 Tiger

    8. Running Rails in OS X with Locomotive

    9. Running Rails in Windows with Instant Rails

    10. Updating Rails with RubyGems

    11. Getting Your Rails Project into Subversion

  2. Chapter 2 Rails Development

    1. Introduction

    2. Creating a Rails Project

    3. Jump-Starting Development with Scaffolding

    4. Speeding Up Rails Development with Mongrel

    5. Enhancing Windows Development with Cygwin

    6. Understanding Pluralization Patterns in Rails

    7. Developing Rails in OS X with TextMate

    8. Cross-Platform Developing with RadRails

    9. Installing and Running Edge Rails

    10. Setting Up Passwordless Authentication with SSH

    11. Generating RDoc for Your Rails Application

    12. Creating Full-Featured CRUD Applications with Streamlined

  3. Chapter 3 Active Record

    1. Introduction

    2. Setting Up a Relational Database to Use with Rails

    3. Programmatically Defining Database Schema

    4. Developing Your Database with Migrations

    5. Modeling a Database with Active Record

    6. Inspecting Model Relationships from the Rails Console

    7. Accessing Your Data via Active Record

    8. Retrieving Records with find

    9. Iterating Over an Active Record Result Set

    10. Retrieving Data Efficiently with Eager Loading

    11. Updating an Active Record Object

    12. Enforcing Data Integrity with Active Record Validations

    13. Executing Custom Queries with find_by_sql

    14. Protecting Against Race Conditions with Transactions

    15. Adding Sort Capabilities to a Model with acts_as_list

    16. Performing a Task Whenever a Model Object Is Created

    17. Modeling a Threaded Forum with acts_as_nested_set

    18. Creating a Directory of Nested Topics with acts_as_tree

    19. Avoiding Race Conditions with Optimistic Locking

    20. Handling Tables with Legacy Naming Conventions

    21. Automating Record Timestamping

    22. Factoring Out Common Relationships with Polymorphic Associations

    23. Mixing Join Models and Polymorphism for Flexible Data Modeling

  4. Chapter 4 Action Controller

    1. Introduction

    2. Accessing Form Data from a Controller

    3. Changing an Application’s Default Page

    4. Clarifying Your Code with Named Routes

    5. Configuring Customized Routing Behavior

    6. Displaying Alert Messages with Flash

    7. Extending the Life of a Flash Message

    8. Following Actions with Redirects

    9. Generating URLs Dynamically

    10. Inspecting Requests with Filters

    11. Logging with Filters

    12. Rendering Actions

    13. Restricting Access to Controller Methods

    14. Sending Files or Data Streams to the Browser

    15. Storing Session Information in a Database

    16. Tracking Information with Sessions

    17. Using Filters for Authentication

  5. Chapter 5 Action View

    1. Introduction

    2. Simplifying Templates with View Helpers

    3. Displaying Large Datasets with Pagination

    4. Creating a Sticky Select List

    5. Editing Many-to-Many Relationships with Multiselect Lists

    6. Factoring Out Common Display Code with Layouts

    7. Defining a Default Application Layout

    8. Generating XML with Builder Templates

    9. Generating RSS Feeds from Active Record Data

    10. Reusing Page Elements with Partials

    11. Processing Dynamically Created Input Fields

    12. Customizing the Behavior of Standard Helpers

    13. Creating a Web Form with Form Helpers

    14. Formatting Dates, Times, and Currencies

    15. Personalizing User Profiles with Gravatars

    16. Avoiding Harmful Code in Views with Liquid Templates

    17. Globalizing Your Rails Application

  6. Chapter 6 RESTful Development

    1. Introduction

    2. Creating Nested Resources

    3. Supporting Alternative Data Formats by MIME Type

    4. Modeling Relationships RESTfully with Join Models

    5. Moving Beyond Simple CRUD with RESTful Resources

    6. Consuming Complex Nested REST Resources

    7. Developing Your Rails Applications RESTfully

  7. Chapter 7 Rails Application Testing

    1. Introduction

    2. Centralizing the Creation of Objects Common to Test Cases

    3. Creating Fixtures for Many-to-Many Associations

    4. Importing Test Data with CSV Fixtures

    5. Including Dynamic Data in Fixtures with ERb

    6. Initializing a Test Database

    7. Interactively Testing Controllers from the Rails Console

    8. Interpreting the Output of Test::Unit

    9. Loading Test Data with YAML Fixtures

    10. Monitoring Test Coverage with rake stats

    11. Running Tests with Rake

    12. Speeding Up Tests with Transactional Fixtures

    13. Testing Across Controllers with Integration Tests

    14. Testing Controllers with Functional Tests

    15. Examining the Contents of Cookie

    16. Testing Custom and Named Routes

    17. Testing HTTP Requests with Response-Related Assertions

    18. Testing a Model with Unit Tests

    19. Unit Testing Model Validations

    20. Verifying DOM Structure with Tag-Related Assertions

    21. Writing Custom Assertions

    22. Testing File Upload

    23. Modifying the Default Behavior of a Class for Testing by Using Mocks

    24. Improving Feedback by Running Tests Continuously

    25. Analyzing Code Coverage with Rcov

  8. Chapter 8 JavaScript and Ajax

    1. Introduction

    2. Adding DOM Elements to a Page

    3. Creating a Custom Report with Drag and Drop

    4. Dynamically Adding Items to a Select List

    5. Monitoring the Content Length of a Textarea

    6. Updating Page Elements with RJS Templates

    7. Inserting JavaScript into Templates

    8. Letting a User Reorder a List

    9. Autocompleting a Text Field

    10. Searching for and Highlighting Text Dynamically

    11. Enhancing the User Interface with Visual Effects

    12. Implementing a Live Search

    13. Editing Fields in Place

    14. Creating an Ajax Progress Indicator

  9. Chapter 9 Action Mailer

    1. Introduction

    2. Configuring Rails to Send Email

    3. Creating a Custom Mailer Class with the Mailer Generator

    4. Formatting Email Messages Using Templates

    5. Attaching Files to Email Messages

    6. Sending Email from a Rails Application

    7. Receiving Email with Action Mailer

  10. Chapter 10 Debugging Rails Applications

    1. Introduction

    2. Exploring Rails from the Console

    3. Fixing Bugs at the Source with Ruby -cw

    4. Debugging Your Application in Real Time with the breakpointer

    5. Logging with the Built-in Rails Logger Class

    6. Writing Debugging Information to a File

    7. Emailing Application Exceptions

    8. Outputting Environment Information in Views

    9. Displaying Object Contents with Exceptions

    10. Filtering Development Logs in Real Time

    11. Debugging HTTP Communication with Firefox Extensions

    12. Debugging Your JavaScript in Real Time with the JavaScript Shell

    13. Debugging Your Code Interactively with ruby-debug

  11. Chapter 11 Security

    1. Introduction

    2. Hardening Your Systems with Strong Passwords

    3. Protecting Queries from SQL Injection

    4. Guarding Against Cross-Site Scripting Attacks

    5. Restricting Access to Public Methods or Actions

    6. Securing Your Server by Closing Unnecessary Ports

  12. Chapter 12 Performance

    1. Introduction

    2. Measuring Web Server Performance with Httperf

    3. Benchmarking Portions of Your Application Code

    4. Improving Performance by Caching Static Pages

    5. Expiring Cached Pages

    6. Mixing Static and Dynamic Content with Fragment Caching

    7. Filtering Cached Pages with Action Caching

    8. Speeding Up Data Access Times with memcached

    9. Increasing Performance by Caching Post-Processed Content

  13. Chapter 13 Hosting and Deployment

    1. Introduction

    2. Hosting Rails Using Apache 1.3 and mod_fastcgi

    3. Managing Multiple Mongrel Processes with mongrel_cluster

    4. Hosting Rails with Apache 2.2, mod_proxy_balancer, and Mongrel

    5. Deploying Rails with Pound in Front of Mongrel, Lighttpd, and Apache

    6. Customizing Pound’s Logging with cronolog

    7. Configuring Pound with SSL Support

    8. Simple Load Balancing with Pen

    9. Deploying Your Rails Project with Capistrano

    10. Deploying Your Application to Multiple Environments with Capistrano

    11. Deploying with Capistrano When You Can’t Access Subversion

    12. Deploying with Capistrano and mongrel_cluster

    13. Disabling Your Web Site During Maintenance

    14. Writing Custom Capistrano Tasks

    15. Cleaning Up Residual Session Records

  14. Chapter 14 Extending Rails with Plug-ins

    1. Introduction

    2. Finding Third-Party Plug-ins

    3. Installing Plug-ins

    4. Manipulating Record Versions with acts_as_versioned

    5. Building Authentication with acts_as_authenticated

    6. Simplifying Folksonomy with the acts_as_taggable

    7. Extending Active Record with acts_as

    8. Adding View Helpers to Rails as Plug-ins

    9. Uploading Files with file_column

    10. Uploading Files with acts_as_attachment

    11. Disabling Records Instead of Deleting Them with acts_as_paranoid

    12. Adding More Elaborate Authentication Using the Login Engine

  15. Chapter 15 Graphics

    1. Introduction

    2. Installing RMagick for Image Processing

    3. Uploading Images to a Database

    4. Serving Images Directly from a Database

    5. Creating Resized Thumbnails with RMagick

    6. Generating PDF Documents

    7. Visually Displaying Data with Gruff

    8. Creating Small, Informative Graphs with Sparklines

  1. Appendix Migrating to Rails 1.2

    1. Action Controller

    2. Active Record

    3. Action View

  2. Colophon