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Jump Start Rails by Andy Hawthorne

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Preface

Ruby on Rails was created in 2003 by David Heinemeier Hansson. Since then it has been extended by more than 21,000 contributors.

Rails was always intended to make web development a much slicker process than was previously available with other technologies. It doesn't require thousands of lines of code to get common functionality built into your apps. Rails uses the concept of "convention over configuration", meaning that many of the common tasks we do when developing web applications are covered quickly and easily.

It is true to say that Rails has a steeper learner curve than, say, your average PHP framework. However, the effort to learn it is certainly worth it. I doubt that you will ever fully go back to choosing other technologies ...

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