Jump Start Sinatra
Publisher: SitePoint
Final Release Date: January 2013
Pages: 150

This short SitePoint book provides readers with a fun and yet practical introduction to Sinatra, a framework that makes web development with Ruby extremely simple. It's not intended to be a completely comprehensive guide to the framework or an in-depth Ruby tutorial, but will quickly get you up to speed with Sinatra and give you the confidence to start experimenting on your own.

The book is built around a real-life example project: a content management system. It's a fun and easily understandable project that is used to demonstrate the concepts outlined in the book in a practical way.

This is a clear, approachable and very easy-to-follow book that will get you to to speed with Sinatra in no time.

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    5.0

    Great book to support getting started

    By Joe

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      Comments about oreilly Jump Start Sinatra:

      I had learned a bit of Sinatra just from various blog posts and documentation on their site. This helped add some knowledge of other capabilities and provided real world context.

      The only thing I didn't really agree with was adding on scss and slim (I actually went through it with standard erb instead of slim). That's potentially changing too many things at once that aren't standard. Just an opinion.

       
      4.0

      Good introduction!

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        Comments about oreilly Jump Start Sinatra:

        I found this book great for an introduction to Sinatra after using Rails for a year or so.

         
        5.0

        Is much more than an introduction

        By Sumit Bisht

        from Lucknow, India

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        Comments about oreilly Jump Start Sinatra:

        This is a 150 page book that packs quite a lot of power into it as it demonstrates sinatra while creating and expanding an application.
        This is also special as it demonstrates new tools like coffescript, sass and demonstrates deployment to Heroku cloud in a very easy language.

        Note: This book has been provided to me for reviewing under the Oreilly Blogger Review Program.

         
        4.0

        A quick but thorough intro to Sinatra

        By Aaron Sumner

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          Comments about oreilly Jump Start Sinatra:

          Looking for a quick, but thorough, introduction to the Sinatra web application library? Jump Start Sinatra by Darren Jones is just that. The book's cover offers to help readers "get up to speed with Sinatra in a weekend," so last weekend I spent some time re-familiarizing myself to this increasingly popular alternative to Rails. I've messed around with it a few times in the past, but never went through a proper tutorial to build and deploy something from scratch. That's what Jump Start Sinatra is all about.

          While some knowledge of Ruby is helpful to complete the book, it's not necessary. (I would, though, suggest experience with some kind of web programming first.) The book covers everything from installing Ruby and Sinatra on your development computer to configuring gems to deploying for the world to see on Heroku. Rails developers will also benefit–those whose primary experience with Ruby consists of the "omakase" stack may like the introduction to alternative libraries like DataMapper and Slim, and seeing how unfamiliar solutions accomplish unfamiliar tasks is always a great way to learn.

          One thing I was kind of surprised to not see in the book was any mention of automated testing. Testing is such a prominent part of the Ruby community that I felt it deserved a couple of pages. I also thought the practice of installing gems from the command line, then requiring them in a Bundler gemfile for deployment purposes, was kind of odd–I'd stick to using Bundler for everything in this case.

          Otherwise, Jump Start Sinatra is a solid introduction to the library, and is recommended for anyone interested in getting started with this lightweight, flexible approach to creating powerful web applications.

          Note: I wrote this review for O'Reilly's Blogger Review Program.

           
          5.0

          Simply good

          By Przemysław

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              Comments about oreilly Jump Start Sinatra:

              Author did a good job. He clearly presents Sinatra in action and explains how it works. I like the choice of an application to write — it is simple and good enough to show features of Sinatra. Examples (part of application) are useful, ready to apply in real projects. I am glad that author covered modular way of writing Sinatra application.

              Jump Start Sinatra is well-written book and fast to read :-)

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