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Rails for Java Developers


Many Java developers are now looking at Ruby, and the Ruby on Rails web framework. Fortunately, Java developers already have deep experience with the design issues that inspired Rails, and can use this background to quickly learn Ruby and Rails.

In Rails for Java Developers (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$34.95, 0-9776166-9-X), experienced developers Stuart Halloway and Justin Gehtland show how to translate your hard-earned Java knowledge and skills into the world of Ruby and Rails.

Stuart tells us, “Ruby looks a lot different from Java, and some of those differences support powerful abstractions that Java lacks.” That’s not a problem; Stuart and Justin will be your guides to this new, but not strange, territory.

In each chapter, they build a series of parallel examples to demonstrate some facet of web development. Because the Rails examples sit next to Java examples, you can start this book in the middle, or anywhere else you want. You can use the Java version of the code, plus the analysis, to quickly grok what the Rails version is doing. They have carefully cross-referenced and indexed the book to facilitate jumping around as you need to.

Thanks to your background in Java, this one short book can cover a half-dozen books’ worth of ideas:

  • Programming Ruby
  • Building MVC (Model/View/Controller) Applications
  • Unit and Functional Testing
  • Security
  • Project Automation
  • Configuration
  • Web Services

Rails for Java Developers is the fast track for Java programmers who are learning or evaluating Ruby on Rails.

Book Information

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Rails for Java Developers

by Stuart Halloway and Justin Gehtland

ISBN: 9780977616695, 336 pages, $34.95US, $45.95CA, 7.5×9.

Pragmatic Bookshelf Titles are distributed to bookstores internationally by O’Reilly Media.

Additional Resources

Sample chapters, table of contents, and more information is available on the book’s home page.

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