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    Lightbulb Ruby On Rails Beginner Books ?

    Dear all,

    I am searching the best RoR Beginner books. Do you know which one is the best?

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    Well, if you're willing to wait, SP is dishing out a ROR book someday soon. I'm really looking forward to it.

    (...hopefully a staff member will give us a release date)

    Otherwise, this book is a decent choice.

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    every one knows about this book, is really so good?

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    It's alright. I bought the PDF. If you're familiar with Ruby, it's a great way to get into Rails. Otherwise, I wouldn't suggest it as your first experience with Ruby/Rails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MaxS View Post
    Otherwise, this book is a decent choice.
    I think this is a great book and it's good for beginners providing you have some basic coding knowledge. The more coding experience you have the easier the transition to rails.
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    SitePoint's RoR book will be available very, very soon... expect to see it available in early Feb.

    Although I'm obviously biased (I'm not the technical editor for the RoR book, but I did help out a little and have of course read it), I've read the first and second editions of the Agile Rails book and can confidently say ours would be a lot less intimidating for a beginner as we cover Ruby and Object Oriented Programming basics as well as covering all the awesome features that makes RoR a fun and time efficient development framework.

    That's not to say that more experienced coders will feel insulted by explanations of things they take for granted--not at all--I'm just saying that we put a bit more effort into extensive coverage of the topics at hand.
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    Early February? Wasn't it scheduled for early January?

    I need this book.

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    Quality takes time
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    Alright, alright. I'll patiently wait.

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    As technical editor of the upcoming SitePoint book on Ruby on Rails, I can confidently second Andrew's comment that this will be worth waiting for, especially if you are new to object oriented programming and MVC, new to Ruby, or need a solid refresher in any of the above. I am really really proud of how it turned out, am excited about holding it in my hand when it arrives, and am looking forward to hearing people's feedback on the book. I truly believe that Patrick has done an outstanding job of communicating some very advanced concepts and best practice techniques in the most approachable way possible.

    I've also read the Agile book and it made my head hurt. Maybe our tagline for this book should have been A book about web development that doesn't hurt ;-)
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    is it worth to buy this book when i have read two times kevin yank's php book and i have a little experience with php (i made one project)? I mean i have just started with php....RoR will make the difference?

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    After "Agile Web Development with Rails" I got Ruby for Rails. It´s very good.

    Newcomers to Ruby will find a Rails-oriented Ruby introduction that’s easy to read and that includes dynamic programming techniques, an exploration of Ruby objects, classes, and data structures, and many neat examples of Ruby and Rails code in action.

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    You might find getting a book on Ruby first helpful, I found I understood Rails a lot more after going through a Ruby book.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oerdec View Post
    After "Agile Web Development with Rails" I got Ruby for Rails. Its very good.
    Yes -- I second that! Great intro to Ruby....

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    RoR book is out !

    Hi everyone,

    Following on from this discussion, the book appears to be very close, as if you click on the 'coming soon' link for it, it takes you to this page and you appear to be able to buy it.
    http://www.sitepoint.com/books/rails1/

    I have a question though. There are two other books I am interested in in the 'coming soon' list and of course there is a good saving for buying two at a time. So if someone from SP could shine some light on the release date of:
    The Principles of Beautiful Web Design ( says January !!!! - no long left ! )
    & The Art & Science of CSS ( says Feb ).

    Also I used to get an 'loyal customer' e-mail with an offer to buy new releases at a discounted price. Has this offer finished ?
    Has not happened for the last couple of books ?

    & finally ( almost forgot ) - I thought Kevin said that an option for pdf versions of the books was happening, but the RoR book page does not mention this as an option ???

    TIA - Dave
    Last edited by daveporter; Jan 29, 2007 at 05:18. Reason: forgot last point !

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    I can't wait for the SP Rails book.
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