Appendix B. Quick Reference

The whole purpose of this book has been to get you up and running quickly with Ruby on Rails. You’ve learned how the core pieces of Rails work and how to use Rails to build a basic web application. Rails contains more features and capabilities than can be covered in a quick-start book like this. This appendix contains a concise list of the features of Rails with links to more information.

Substantial parts of this quick reference are taken from “What Is Ruby on Rails” by Curt Hibbs,[*] the “InVisible Ruby On Rails Reference 1.1.2” by InVisible GmbHd,[] and the official Ruby on Rails API documentation (http://api.rubyonrails.com). This appendix is released under the Creative Commons license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.5/) and can be downloaded from this book’s web site: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/rubyrails.

General

Documentation

API for local installation

gem_server

http://localhost:8088/

Official Rails API

http://api.rubyonrails.com

Searchable Rails API

http://rails.outertrack.com

http://railshelp.com

Ruby documentation

http://ruby-doc.org

Excellent multi-API documentation

Includes Ruby, Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, DOM, and more: http://www.gotapi.com

Supported Web Servers

WEBrick
Mongrel
Lighttpd
Apache
MS IIS

Learn more: http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/FAQ#webservers.

Supported Databases

DB2
Firebird
MySQL
Oracle
PostgreSQL
SQLite
SQL Server

Learn more: http://wiki.rubyonrails.org/rails/pages/DatabaseDrivers.

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