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Agile Web Development with Rails, 2nd Ed


The first edition of Agile Web Development with Rails won the Jolt Award for best technical book of 2005. Now, in the newly revised and updated Second Edition (Pragmatic Bookshelf, US$39.95, 0-9776166-3-0) by Dave Thomas and David Heinemeier Hansson et al, readers can get the most definitive, up-to-date tutorial and reference to the Rails framework available.

“It’s amazing how much Rails has changed over the last year. It’s wonderful to be able to publish a second edition that includes all the latest Rails features,” says author Dave Thomas.

Rails swept to world-wide attention in the Spring of 2005. Since then, it has become a serious and popular alternative to traditional web development environments such as Java and .NET. Why? Because Rails has the best of both worlds.

You want to write professional-grade applications: Rails is a full-stack, open-source web framework, with integrated support for unit, functional, and integration testing. It enforces good design principles, consistency of code across your team (and across your organization), and proper release management. But Rails is more than a set of best practices. Rails also makes it both fun and easy to turn out very cool web applications, with plenty of convenient, built-in features that working professionals demand.

With this book, you’ll learn how to use ActiveRecord to connect business objects and database tables easily. Need to create and modify your schema? Migrations make it painless (and they’re versioned, so you can roll changes backward and forward). You’ll learn how to use the Action Pack framework to route incoming requests and render pages using easy-to-write templates and components. See how to exploit the Rails service frameworks to send emails, implement web services, and create dynamic, user-centric web-pages using built-in Javascript and Ajax support. There are extensive chapters on testing, deployment, and scaling.

This is a substantial overhaul and rewrite from the first edition, and includes new material and as well another year’s worth of Rails best practices from the real world.

Book Information

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Agile Web Development with Rails (2nd edition)

by Dave Thomas and David Heinemeier Hansson, with Leon Breedt, Mike Clark, James Duncan Davidson, Justin Gehtland, and Andreas Schwarz

ISBN: 9780977616633, 719 pages, $39.95US, $51.95CA, 7.5×9.

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

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