Beginning Rails: From Novice to Professional by Cloves Carneiro Jr

By Cloves Carneiro Jr

Beginning Rails is the sensible start line for a person desirous to the right way to construct dynamic internet purposes utilizing the Rails framework for Ruby. You’ll learn the way all the elements of Rails healthy jointly and the way you could leverage them to create refined internet functions with much less code and extra joy.

This ebook is very compatible to these with very little adventure with net program improvement, or who've a few event yet are new to Rails. starting Rails assumes uncomplicated familiarity with internet phrases and applied sciences, yet does not require you to be an expert.

Topics include:

  • A mild advent to the Ruby programming language
  • Installing Ruby and Rails on a Mac, Linux, or home windows method
  • The philosophy in the back of Rails and why it concerns
  • The Model-View-Controller structure
  • The fundamentals of relational databases and SQL
  • Setting up a MySQL database and making a schema with migrations
  • Experimenting along with your stay program within the Rails console
  • Creating wealthy relationships among your versions
  • Using controllers and templates thoroughly
  • Leveraging helpers to maintain your templates fresh and good judgment loose
  • Adding Ajax and visible results to complement your person interfaces
  • JavaScript with Prototype and script.aculo.us
  • How to ship and obtain mail out of your software
  • Using and developing your individual plug-ins
  • Ensuring your code opposed to Murphy’s legislations via writing checks
  • Using Capistrano to install your program

Rather than delving into the arcane information of Rails, the focal point is at the elements of the framework that might turn into your choose, shovel, and awl. half heritage lesson, half creation to object-oriented programming, and half dissertation on open resource software program, Beginning Rails doesn’t simply clarify the way to do whatever in Rails, it explains why.

Every programmer fondly recalls the publication that helped them start. The objective of Beginning Rails is to develop into that booklet for you, today.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing the Rails Framework
  2. Getting began
  3. Getting whatever operating
  4. Working with a Database: lively list
  5. Advanced energetic list: improving Your versions
  6. Action Pack:Working with the View and the Controller
  7. Improving interplay with Ajax
  8. Sending and Receiving Mail
  9. Testing Your program
  10. Extending Rails with Plugins
  11. Deploying Your Rails functions
  12. Show description

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Most likely, however, it’s not. You’ll therefore need to install it. Once you have Ruby installed, you’ll be able to install a package manager (a program designed to help you install and maintain software on your system) called RubyGems. You’ll use that to install Rails. 7, the Apple-provided version of Ruby on your computer might be ill-configured. You should follow the instructions for compiling your own version of Ruby to bypass the built-in one, as outlined in this chapter. Building your own Ruby installation is probably a good idea in any case, as it will keep you from being bitten by any changes to the built-in version of Ruby by future system updates from Apple.

C, C#, Lisp, Java, Smalltalk, PHP, and Python are popular choices. And then there are others you’ve probably never heard of: Haskel, IO, and maybe even Ruby. Like the others, Ruby is a programming language. You use it to write computer programs, including, but certainly not limited to, web applications. Before Rails came along, not many people were writing web applications with Ruby. Other languages like PHP and ASP were the dominant players in the field, and a large part of the web is powered by them.

MVC isn’t the only design pattern for web applications, but it does happen to be the one that Rails has chosen to implement. And it turns out that it works great for web development. By separating concerns into different layers, changes to one of them don’t have an impact on the others, resulting in faster development cycles and easier maintenance. The MVC Cycle Although MVC comes in different flavors, control flow generally works as follows (see Figure 1-1): 1. The user interacts with the interface and triggers an event (for example, submits a registration form).

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