Foreword to the Third Edition

Rails is now ten years old, and adoption shows no sign of slowing down. Along with the perpetual growth, we’ve seen a paradoxical tragedy unfolding. According to many people, Rails is now one of the hardest tech stacks for beginners to adopt. The complexity of choices to make when starting out is very high, and there are ten years of blog posts and books out there, most of which are obsolete and broken to some degree or another. The supreme irony is that getting started with Rails today involves a lot of configuration, perhaps not of Rails itself, but of the myriad libraries that are recommended for use with it. In case you’ve forgotten, or weren’t paying attention in 2005 when Rails debuted, the main goal was to ...

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