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best ruby book (web orientated)

Louis Moloney
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Joined: Feb 06, 2007
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hi

Currently at work I use java/struts but its been decided to have a look at ruby on rails , with a view to doing a small web based project in it.

can anyone recommend a good book to learn from? i need a book that will be web orientated , as thats the dev domain it will be used for.


Prabhakar Chaganti
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I would recommend these two books if you want to learn rails:

Agile web development with rails - Dave Thimas and David Hansson
Ruby for Rails - David Black


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Lasse Koskela
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+1 for the pragmatic title. I've also heard a lot of good things said about Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce.


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Prabhakar Chaganti
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The reason I like the David Black book is that it gives you a better understanding of the Ruby language itself and how it provides a lot of the magic behind rails. You can use rails without knowing too much Ruby, as Rails is almost like a DSL itself, but to be really proficient, you will need to gain a deeper understanding of Ruby the language.
Louis Moloney
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thanks for the input guys.

i think im gonna get the agile one and the david black one. work is paying after all
Alex Lewis
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Joined: Jun 20, 2007
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To learn Ruby I'm using Learning Ruby by Michael Fitzgerald. It's very new and fairly short (238 pages).
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