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Learning Rails

  • Title: Learning Rails
  • Author: Simon St. Laurent, Edd Dumbill
  • Paperback: 442 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media, Inc.; 1 edition (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596518773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596518776

I have a couple ideas for data-driven Twitter tools, and I read part of one book on Ruby on Rails before, so since that book’s in storage I grabbed a copy of this one.

The book works from the outside in – it assumes you’re a web designer, so it starts with the web interface, introducing the database aspects later.  Which isn’t what I wanted of course – I want to understand how to use Rails to simplify and speed up database construction and management, along with giving me quick web front ends I can later customize.

Don’t get me wrong – the book works, but it seems backwards for a toolkit that has the intent of making it faster to build data-driven web applications.

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