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Cloning Internet Applications with Ruby by Chang Sau Sheong

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Popular Internet applications

Why did we choose the Internet applications in this book and not others? Firstly and most obviously, the applications must be popular and have a large number of users. Secondly the application should be a mainstream one for consumers and not for businesses. We want applications that have a more direct interface to the final consumers of the application. Thirdly, we don't want to deal with payment related issues in this book so any e-commerce applications are left alone. The reason is simple—e-commerce is no longer rocket science but implementing payment well is still not a trivial undertaking, and we did not want to mislead users into believing it is easy to clone payment features. Finally (and most importantly for ...

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