Description:Rails is large, powerful, and new. How do you use it effectively? How do you harness the power? And, most important, how do you get high quality, real-world applications written?
From the latest Ajax effects to time-saving automation tips for your development process, `Rails Recipes` will show you how the experts have already solved the problems you have. Use generators to automate repetitive coding tasks. Create sophisticated role-based authentication schemes. Add live search and live preview to your site. Run tests when anyone checks code in. How to create tagged data the right way. and many, many more,,.
Owning `Rails Recipes` is like having the best Rails programmers sitting next to you while you code.
Handy, but Outdated
Rails Recipes is a great way to get accustomed to Rails-specific idioms and to incorporate many of the basic features used in dynamic web applications today. Unfortunately, much has changed in Rails since its printing. Many of the recipes are outdated. For its time, though, it was the best all-in-one collection of Rails tips. From what I understand there's a new version coming, but I don't know for sure.
The Pragmatic books are generally good, but I've come to prefer the Addison Wesley series on Rails and Ruby, which are thorough and up to date.
Too outdated for Rails 2.x
The basics are great - if you were back in 2007 or so.
Now in late 2008 and early 2009 the book is too obsolete. Most examples, starting almost from the first page, will not run under Rails 2.x, as the book was written with Rails 1.x in mind.
Rails is a fast advancing technology, which makes some books quickly become obsolete. This is one of them.
In short don't waste your money, and try instead something like Advanced Rails Recipes, which I just purchased, and which was written specifically for Rails 2.x
This is an excellent book for people who already work with Rails. You don't need to reinvent the wheel ! You just need to take a look at this recipes and you'll find solutions for a lot of your daily problems.
Excellent set of RoR recipes
I would give this book 5 stars, but I only give it 4 stars because there are some minor quirks in getting some recipes to work, possibly due to differences between rails/ruby at the time of publication and the state rails is in now?
Anyway, it's minor things you can work your way through, but which nevertheless show the book's age.
Excellent Rails book for those that learn by example
As someone who learns best by example and seeing how it's done, this book was great for me to get familiar with Rails. I have lots of experience with other object-oriented languages and have used many development frameworks. I don't need a tutorial on general object technologies, but I wanted to learn and understand the Rails framework. I don't have any real reason to get to know Rails other than general interest, but with this book I've been able to be productive in working on hobby projects much quicker than without it.
Reading this book is like having access to multiple, experienced Rails developers (including some of those contributing to the core Rails product) that have developed and deployed commercial software on this new, upcoming platform. I hope to have an opportunity to develop product in this technology and know that by owning this product I'm more prepared than ever. Highly recommended.