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Head First Rails: A learner's companion to Ruby on Rails
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Ready to transport your web applications into the Web 2.0 era? Head First Rails takes your programming -- and productivity -- to the max. You'll learn everything from the fundamentals of Rails scaffolding to building customized interactive web apps using Rails' rich set of tools and the MVC framework. Please note this book covers Rails 2.
By the time you're finished, you'll have learned more than just another web framework. You'll master database interactions, integration with Ajax and XML, rich content, and even dynamic graphing of your data -- all in a fraction of the time it takes to build the same apps with Java, PHP, ASP.NET, or Perl. You'll even get comfortable and familiar with Ruby, the language that underpins Rails. But you'll do it in the context of web programming, and not through boring exercises such as "Hello, World!"
Your time is way too valuable to waste struggling with new concepts. Using the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory to craft a multi-sensory learning experience, Head First Rails uses a visually rich format designed to take advantage of the way your brain really works.
David Griffiths began programming at age 12, after being inspired by a documentary on the work of Seymour Papert. At age 15 he wrote an implementation of Papert's computer language LOGO. After studying Pure Mathematics at University, he began writing code for computers and magazine articles for humans and he is currently an agile coach with Exoftware in the UK, helping people to create simpler, more valuable software. He spends his free time traveling and time with his lovely wife, Dawn. read more
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I have a *ton* of Rails books, and I have to say that this one has probably done the most to help me really start to wrap my head around how Rails works. I've been a big fan of the Head Start series ever since I picked up their book on XHTML & CSS. Even though I pretty much knew all the material in that book, I liked reading it because the explanatory approach is just fun to go through. With this Rails book, it's still fun, but more importantly, it's *memorable*. There must be something to all that mumbo-jumbo about neuroscience and whatnot behind the Head First series. Ideas and techniques are introduced, and then re-introduced in a different way. Also, unlike the 'standard' Rails book, "Agile Web Development with Rails," this book has a whole bunch of different applications, a new one every chapter or two. By the end of AWDWR, I was sick of the "Depot" application. This book kept my interest up.read more
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