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    Question What other Ruby book should I read apart from the SitePoint one?

    Hi Everyone,

    Hope you can help a total rails newbie here.

    I have read the Sitepoint book "Build your own Ruby on Rails Web Applications" and it was quite a good book. Unfortunately, being a part time dabbler in the web, I find I still don't know enough to build my own application.

    Have been reading the RoR wiki and various other sites and it just isn't clicking for me. I have previously built little web apps in PHP and I struggle to come up with a login system with the features that I want, that works for RoR. I have tried following a tutorial on the web, though now I am in "stack level too deep" errors. So it's back to square one.

    The thing is, a lot of the information on the web is aimed at a level I feel I am just not at yet, so was hoping there was another book to read that can help me get to the next level. I am wary of reading anything too old, as I have found out the hard way that what used to work fine might not work any more at all with current Ruby and Rails versions.

    What I have done so far is lots of fun, just now hitting a brick wall, so hopefully someone can give me a boost.

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    Try railsSpace I found it to be pretty good http://www.amazon.com/RailsSpace-Bui...0644132&sr=8-1

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    I have not read the SitePoint book, so I can't make any comparison.

    Nevertheless, the "Agile Web Development with Rails" and "Programming Ruby" (pick axe book) are basically the standard texts right now. I'd consider them required bookshelf material.

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    Personally, for Rails I mostly find myself either using the core api:

    http://api.rubyonrails.com

    or "Agile Web Development with Rails". I haven't read the Sitepoint book but would guess that with that and/or the Agile book, you'd have the basics covered.

    My experience is that the most useful reading beyond your first Rails book revolves around getting the best out of core elements rather than another overall Rails book. Therefore, I think getting a book on Ruby is a great next step. Pragmatic's "Programming Ruby" is good but the original version is available on the web. Therefore, I think Hal Fulton's "The Ruby Way" is a better investment if you don't want to buy both (which I have - and not regretted for a moment).

    As my Rails applications have matured, I've found myself tweaking SQL more and more to get better performance. It's difficult to recommend one book as there are so many to choose from. The three I've found most useful are all O'Reilly titles: "SQL in a Nutshell", "MySQL Cookbook" and "MySQL pocket reference".

    Not strictly a Rails subject, but as version control is an essential part of any software development, I think investment in either "Version Control with Subversion" by Ben Collins-Sussmann, et. al or "Pragmatic Version Control Using Subversion" by Mike Mason is money well spent.

    Lastly, there are the more specialised books. If you want to use AJAX, I'd highly recommend "Ajax on Rails" by Scott Raymond. If you have legacy systems you want to connect into, I'd highly recommend "Enterprise Integration with Ruby" by Maik Schmidt. If you want to integrate Google maps into the mix, "Beginning Google Maps Applications with Rails and Ajax" by A. Lewis is a must.

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    Wow, thanks for the great replies everyone.

    Have placed my order with Amazon for both "Agile Web Development with Rails" and "Programming Ruby" and just have to wait for it to get here.

    Looking forward to learning more RoR and Ruby.


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