Folks, Just finished reading (okay, skimming) Ruby for Rails. It's an excellent choice for someone who is new to Ruby and new to Rails. Props to David Black for writing such an excellent book. It is definitely worth buying. Thanks, David
on 2006-05-18 02:15
on 2006-05-26 04:21
David P. wrote: > > Just finished reading (okay, skimming) Ruby for Rails. > It's an excellent choice for someone who is new to Ruby and new to Rails. > Props to David Black for writing such an excellent book. > It is definitely worth buying. > I have to add my kudos, as well. It's a spectacular effort. For a practicing designer and developer, this book is an ideal introduction to both Ruby /and/ Rails. The content list looked good enough to buy it--especially since, as someone wrote elsewhere, it spends a fair amount of time on "those interesting language features you wish you understood a little better". So I was excited to crack the covers. But when I started reading it, I was even more impressed. It's beautifully written, and brilliantly sequenced. It's hard to imagine how much effort went into sequencing the material. Here's a small example: In the section that introduces IRB in Chapter 1, the author sneaks in the little tidbit that an assignment is an expression that has a value. That point will undoubtedly become important later on, when more advanced concepts are discussed, so I was struck by how adroitly the concept was presented early on-- innocuously, almost innocently. In short, it's a book I wish I had written. But I'm glad that I have it to read.
on 2006-05-26 06:54
ditto, it's very good