Rails Preparation

You should now know enough about RubyGems to have used it to install Rails. The rest of this chapter will familiarize you enough with Rails that you can start creating a Rails application in the next chapter. This book introduces Rails (with a focus on general design philosophy, rather than an exhaustive list of the API), but it would be silly to think that a few chapters could give Rails the attention it deserves. The definitive text on Rails is Agile Web Development with Rails, now in its second edition, by Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson (creator of Rails), and others (Pragmatic Bookshelf, 2006). Other members of the Rails community also give high praise to Ruby for Rails by David Alan Black (Manning Publications, 2006). ...

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