Any tips on Ruby on Rails?

On April 3, 2009, in RoR, by Anuj Gakhar

Today, I decided I will be giving myself about one month to learn something new. And after some careful consideration, I decided to learn Ruby on Rails. As of now, I am absolutely naive about RoR. Never read any blogs/books/docs on RoR.

So I thought it would be a good idea to ask out here, if anyone out there has any useful tips/URLs for me to get started?

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8 Responses to Any tips on Ruby on Rails?

  1. Joc says:

    Hi, don’t know if a month will be enough but the Rails Guides are an excellent helping hand. http://guides.rubyonrails.org/

    Joc

  2. Rick Mason says:

    Read two books:
    DHH’s which just released a new version:
    http://www.amazon.com/Agile-Web-Development-Rails-Third/dp/1934356166/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1238763328&sr=8-1

    Follow that up with a book on just the language (which is free on the web)

    http://poignantguide.net/ruby/

    Good luck!

  3. Anuj Gakhar says:

    @Joc, thanks for the link. The guides look pretty good at first look. I will see how it goes.

    @Rick, I have actually got myself a book http://www.packtpub.com/building-dynamic-websites-with-ruby-on-rails/book and thanks for your recommendations, they will be helpful.

    My plan is to be able to develop a real world app in a month’s time, something like a AJAX powered detailed addressbook and because I am pretty comfortable with MVC frameworks already, it shouldnt be too hard I think.

  4. george says:

    I personally like fielding my questions to stackoverflow, as here are two questions there the should be for some help.

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/636220/when-learning-ruby-on-rails-should-i-focus-on-just-learning-rails-or-learn-assoc

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/129991/should-i-start-with-ruby-or-ruby-on-rails

    Also if you can some video tutorials you might check out lynda.com, i think their ruby on rails is a little dated, but should still work for most functionality.

    and of course railscasts.com has free quick videos on various topics.

    one list video site, it you don’t mind paying is : peepcode.com

    hope those help.

  5. O’Reilly’s “The Ruby Programming Language” is an excellent resource on Ruby itself and makes a good accompaniment to Rails development.

    http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596516178/

  6. Anuj Gakhar says:

    @Geroge, stackoverflow is an excellent resource any given day. Thanks for the 2 links. Video tutorials would be very handy, I will spend some time watching those.

    @Criag, thanks man for those links. I will first try to read the book I have first and then get some more if I require.

    I will share my journey here on my blog.

  7. Hey Anuj, hope you are well..

    Be worth you looking at the Aptana cloud, I have quite a few sites running in ROR on there and it really simplifies the cap script / release methods. Not the cheapest but very stable and gives you dev / staging / production environments!

    Also Lynda.com is great for starting out, also many of the ror books are around the web as ebooks if that helps.

    See you

  8. Anuj Gakhar says:

    Hey Damian, how you doing? Hows it going over in NZ then? All settled now ?

    Thanks for your suggestions. I am just trying to find a real world RoR project so I can implement whatever I have learnt till now.

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