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Rails for .NET Developers--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf: Introducing the joy of Ruby on Rails development to Microsoft .NET developers

Press release: October 28, 2008

Rails for .NET Developers Raleigh, NC—Learning a new language and a new framework can be daunting. What you need is a guide to help leverage your existing knowledge and skills, and show you just what you need to know to get up and running with a new system quickly.

In Rails for .NET Developers (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $34.95) authors Jeff Cohen and Brian Eng introduce the joy of Ruby on Rails development to Microsoft .NET developers. This book demonstrates the essential elements of both the Ruby language and the Rails application framework, geared especially for developers already fluent in the Microsoft .NET platform.

If you’re already a .NET developer, Jeff and Brian will help you get up and running as a Ruby on Rails developer on any operating system: Windows, Mac, or Linux. You’ll start with a gentle introduction to the object-oriented Ruby language with examples and direct comparisons to C#, so you’ll quickly feel at home writing Ruby code for the first time.

Next, you’ll get right to the heart of Rails development: you’ll see how to tackle everyday tasks in Rails compared with typical ASP.NET implementations, with a tutorial focus. You’ll build a sample airline reservation system using Rails, learning essential techniques along the way. You’ll come to learn the joy and power inherent in the "convention over configuration" philosophy, the natural elegance of the MVC architecture, and the essence of REST-based design as you develop applications that accommodate web browsers, handheld devices, and even XML web service clients with unparalleled ease.

But there’s more to Rails than just the obvious benefits. Jeff and Brian tell us, "It’s been our experience that developing applications with Rails is just plain fun. There’s a particular rhythm and flow that occurs with Rails development that most developers enjoy. The Rails framework is geared to generate visible results quickly, leading to the pattern of 'small victories' often cited as a key reason for a project’s success."

Rails for .NET Developers will get you from newbie to working Rails developer. Along the way, you’ll see good agile development practices, and explore test-driven development with Rails. You’ll be prepared for real-world application deployment, and even see how Ruby and Rails are reshaping the Microsoft application landscape, including a look at IronRuby.

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Jeff Cohen has worked with object-oriented programming languages and Microsoft application frameworks for more than 15 years and is now a senior software engineer at Leapfrog Online.

Brian Eng is the founder of Bluebuzzard, a provider of web-based sales solutions for the hospitality industry, and a freelance Ruby on Rails developer and consultant. He has 12 years of software development experience, the last 3 with Rails, and is an MCSD for Microsoft .NET.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including code, errata, discussions, excerpts, a full table of contents, and more, see the catalog page for Rails for .NET Developers.

Rails for .NET Developers
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Jeff Cohen , Brian Eng
ISBN: 9781934356203, 300 pages, $34.95 USD, £21.99 GBP

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