Rails 3 in Action
Ryan Bigg and Yehuda Katz
  • September 2011
  • ISBN 9781935182276
  • 592 pages
  • printed in black & white

Takes you on an excellent Rails 3 adventure!

Anthony J. Topper, Penn State Harrisburg

Rails 3 in Action is a collaboration between Rails community leaders Ryan Bigg and Yehuda Katz that covers Rails 3.1 so it's the most up-to-date resource available. But it's much more than just a Rails 3 reference book. You'll learn to do Rails the right way so you can build stable, scalable, and maintainable apps that will satisfy even the most demanding clients.

About the book

Rails 3 is a full stack, open source web framework powered by Ruby and this book is an introduction to it. Whether you're just starting or you have a few cycles under your belt, you'll appreciate the book's guru's-eye-view of idiomatic Rails programming.

You'll master Rails 3.1 by developing a ticket tracking application that includes RESTful routing, authentication and authorization, state maintenance, file uploads, email, and more. You'll also explore powerful features like designing your own APIs and building a Rails engine. You will see Test Driven Development and Behavior Driven Development in action throughout the book, just like you would in a top Rails shop.

What's inside

  • Covers Rails 3.1 from the ground up
  • Testing and BDD using RSpec and Cucumber
  • Working with Rack

About the reader

It is helpful for readers to have a background in Ruby, but no prior Rails experience is needed.

About the author

Ryan Bigg is a Rails developer in Sydney, recognized for his prolific and accurate answers on IRC and StackOverflow. Yehuda Katz is a lead developer on SproutCore, known for his contributions to Rails 3, jQuery, Bundler, and Merb.


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