Anyone read the rough cuts of this book? I'm interested in checking it out because Bruce Tate's work is always great. How does it compare to the agile books (2nd edition) in terms of timeliness, difficulty, etc. Thanks! Nathan
on 2006-05-24 02:29
on 2006-05-24 03:45
Nathan P. Verni wrote: > Anyone read the rough cuts of this book? I'm interested in checking it > out because Bruce Tate's work is always great. How does it compare to > the agile books (2nd edition) in terms of timeliness, difficulty, etc. > > > > Thanks! > > Nathan The Photo Share example application covers a lot more ground and depth than the AWDwR2 depot application, and yet I don't feel overwhelmed. That may be because I have gone through the depot application already. HABTM is starting to make sense to me now, and a hierarchical self-referencing model (categories within categories) seems learnable after all! I like that it doesn't just tell you to add, for example, has_many :somethings, to a class, but it also shows in a table what methods and attributes such an addition makes available. The book has plenty of typos that can send the unwary to hours of wasted effort. Thinking of buying one but not the other book? Looking back (easy to do because I haven't gone any distance at all), the learning steps that would have been efficient for me: First, the instant gratification tutorial in AWDwR2, then Curt H. 2-part O'Reilly tutorial, then the AWDwR2 depot application, then RoRUpAndRunning Photo Share tutorial (I have not gone through David Black's tutorial). When you are learning something as complex as Rails, at night and on weekends, the right material at the right time matters most.