Chapter 3. Details on Rails

In This Chapter

  • Creating a new database

  • Creating a Web interface to a database

  • Using the Web interface to create, list, and modify database entries

June 21, 2006, 12:06 p.m. EST — Ruby on Rails For Dummies — Author's note to self: Every technical book begins with a quick‐start chapter — a chapter that quickly guides the reader through a simple but powerful example. The chapter's purpose is to show the reader how, with little effort, a person can easily create an interesting, useful application. Why not do something different in Ruby on Rails For Dummies? Consider not including a quick‐start chapter. Instead, dive right into the detailed material in Chapter 3.

June 21, 2006, 12:33 p.m. EST — Ruby on Rails For Dummies — Author's note to self: Made a brief effort to avoid having a quick‐start chapter and to dive right into the details. It was painful to write and would have been impossible to comprehend. I'm returning to Plan A. Chapter 3 will be a quick‐start chapter. Chapter 3 will show the reader how, with little effort, a person can easily create an interesting, useful Ruby on Rails application.

To be perfectly frank, I feel guilty writing this chapter. It's not that I don't like quick‐start chapters. I love quick‐start chapters. For many books, the quick start is the only part that I read. (This applies mostly to technical books, but in some cases it applies to general non‐fiction, fiction, books about politics for which I already have an opinion, owner's ...

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