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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.
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1. Ruby on Rails, the framework
1.1. What is Ruby on Rails?
1.2. Developing your first application
2. Testing saves your bacon
2.1. Test- and behavior-driven development
2.2. Test-driven development
2.3. Behavior-driven development
3. Developing a real Rails application
3.1. Application setup
3.2. First steps
4. Oh CRUD!
4.1. Viewing projects
4.2. Editing projects
4.3. Deleting projects
5. Nested resources
5.1. Creating tickets
5.2. Viewing tickets
5.3. Editing tickets
5.4. Deleting tickets
6. Authentication and basic authorization
6.1. What Devise does
6.2. User signup
6.3. Confirmation link sign-in
6.4. Form sign-in
6.5. Linking tickets to users
7. Basic access control
7.1. Projects can be created only by admins
7.2. Adding the admin field to the users table
7.3. Restricting actions to admins only
7.4. Namespace routing
7.5. Namespace-based CRUD
7.6. Creating admin users
7.7. Editing users
7.8. Deleting users
8. More authorization
8.1. Restricting read access
8.2. Restricting by scope
8.3. Fixing what you broke
8.4. Blocking access to tickets
8.5. Restricting write access
8.6. Restricting update access
8.7. Restricting delete access
8.8. Assigning permissions
8.9. Seed data
9. File uploading
9.1. Attaching a file
9.2. Attaching many files
9.3. Serving files through a controller
10. Tracking state
10.1. Leaving a comment
10.2. Changing a ticket’s state
10.3. Tracking changes
10.4. Managing states
10.5. Locking down states
11.1. Creating tags
11.2. Adding more tags
11.3. Tag restriction
11.4. Deleting a tag
11.5. Finding tags
12. Sending email
12.1. Sending ticket notifications
12.2. Subscribing to updates
12.3. Real-world email
12.4. Receiving emails
13. Designing an API
13.1. The projects API
13.2. Beginning the tickets API
13.3. Rate limiting
13.4. Versioning an API
14.1. Server setup
14.2. RVM and Ruby
14.3. Creating a user for the app
14.4. The database server
14.5. Deploy away!
14.6. Serving requests
15. Alternative authentication
15.1. How OAuth works
15.2. Twitter authentication
15.3. GitHub authentication
16. Basic performance enhancements
16.2. Database query enhancements
16.3. Page and action caching
16.4. Background workers
17.1. A brief history of engines
17.2. Why engines are useful
17.3. Brand-new engine
17.4. Setting up a testing environment
17.5. Writing your first engine feature
17.6. Adding more posts to topics
17.7. Classes outside your control
17.8. Releasing as a gem
17.9. Integrating with an application
18. Rack-based applications
18.1. Building Rack applications
18.2. Building bigger Rack applications
18.3. Mounting a Rack application with Rails
Appendix A: Why Rails?
Appendix B: Tidbits
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.
- 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.
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