Chapter 3. Getting Something Running

The best way to learn a programming language or a web framework is to dig in and write some code. After reading the first two chapters, you should have a good understanding of the Rails landscape. This chapter builds on that foundation by walking you through the construction of a basic application. You learn how to create a database and how to connect it to Rails, as well as how to use a web interface to get data in and out of the application.

You receive a lot of information in this chapter, but it shouldn't be more than you can absorb. The goal is to demonstrate, not to overwhelm. Rails makes it incredibly easy to get started, and that's a feature this chapter highlights. There are a few places where Rails ...

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