[ANN] Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce is shipping

Dear Rails Enthusiast,

We just got email from our editor Keir where he said he’d got his
hands on our new book, Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce. His mail
didn’t
include the words “f*cking awesome” [1], but instead “superb” and
“a work of art”, which we think are almost as good.

This means that the book will hit the shelves before you can say
“Heinemeier”, so be sure to get yours while it’s still hot.

We wanted to make our book such that you can “read” it while you’re
sitting in front of your computer. It’s completely project-driven,
meaning the content is divided by task, and that you can build
the sample application in small iterations, learning the
background details on the fly.

As one of the core philosophies of Rails is to support best
practices, we decided to do that as well. Most of the tasks are
written test-driven, giving you a glimpse of the ease with which
TDD can be used in Rails and the power it brings compared to a
traditional, ad-hoc web application development process.

We hope you enjoy the book as much as we enjoyed the journey of
writing it.

Buy the book

Best,
Christian Hellsten and Jarkko L.

[1]
http://headrush.typepad.com/creating_passionate_users/2006/11/two_simple_word.html


Jarkko L.
http://jlaine.net
http://dotherightthing.com
http://odesign.fi

Jarkko L. wrote:

Dear Rails Enthusiast,

We just got email from our editor Keir where he said he’d got his
hands on our new book, Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce. His mail

I got my copy yesterday (via Amazon). I thumbed through it last night
and I have to say I like how the book and content was layed out. I’m
planning to devote some time to working through the book tonight.
Looked like there was a lot of goodies and tricks in it.

Good job!

Could someone tell apress that having table of contents only in pdf is
one
of the top 10 usability no no.

-=-

Raj S. wrote:

Could someone tell apress that having table of contents only in pdf is
one
of the top 10 usability no no.

Agreed. I don’t mind the sample chapters as PDF, but the table of
contents really need to be in HTML, like O’Reilly.

Neeraj K. wrote:

Could someone tell apress that having table of contents only in pdf is one
of the top 10 usability no no.

Neeraj, Will: Sorry about that. I will pass the word to Apress.

Meanwhile, the full TOC can now be found in HTML on the companion
website, http://www.railsecommerce.com.

Cheers,
//jarkko


Jarkko L.
http://jlaine.net
http://dotherightthing.com
http://www.railsecommerce.com
http://odesign.fi

On 11/10/06, Jarkko L. [email protected] wrote:

Meanwhile, the full TOC can now be found in HTML on the companion
website, http://www.railsecommerce.com.

The links to the example code appear to be broken.

http://www.railsecommerce.com/code

– James

JDL wrote:

The links to the example code appear to be broken.

http://www.railsecommerce.com/code

Broken how? The links pointed to jlaine.net:8010 but were all
functional. I updated them to point to railsecommerce.com now, though.

//jarkko


Jarkko L.
http://jlaine.net
http://dotherightthing.com
http://www.railsecommerce.com
http://odesign.fi

On 11/10/06, Jarkko L. [email protected] wrote:

JDL wrote:

The links to the example code appear to be broken.

http://www.railsecommerce.com/code

Broken how? The links pointed to jlaine.net:8010 but were all
functional. I updated them to point to railsecommerce.com now, though.

Oh, I’ll bet that the firewall I’m behind blocked that port. The
links are working now.

Thanks.
– James

David C. wrote:

Jarkko L. wrote:

" so be sure to get yours while it’s still hot.

Does this book have any content related to coupon codes / discounts?
Didn’t see anything in the TOC, and is one of the things I’m most
interested in.

Thx,

Dave

Guess that’s a no.

Jarkko L. wrote:

" so be sure to get yours while it’s still hot.

Does this book have any content related to coupon codes / discounts?
Didn’t see anything in the TOC, and is one of the things I’m most
interested in.

Thx,

Dave

David C. wrote:

Does this book have any content related to coupon codes / discounts?
Didn’t see anything in the TOC, and is one of the things I’m most
interested in.

Thx,

Dave

Guess that’s a no.

Dave,

No, unfortunately it was already a bit out of scope for the book. Have
you seen The Money Train
(http://agilewebdevelopment.com/rails-ecommerce) by Ben Curtis? It is
an ebook that has just that kind of short, more advanced “recipes” for
Rails ebusiness sites.

Cheers,
//jarkko


Jarkko L.
http://jlaine.net
http://dotherightthing.com
http://www.railsecommerce.com
http://odesign.fi

On 11/10/06, Jarkko L. [email protected] wrote:

Neeraj K. wrote:

Could someone tell apress that having table of contents only in pdf is one
of the top 10 usability no no.

Neeraj, Will: Sorry about that. I will pass the word to Apress.

Meanwhile, the full TOC can now be found in HTML on the companion
website, http://www.railsecommerce.com.

Chapter 12 looks like it advocates using Lighty + FastCGI for
production. Is this a case of needing lead time before the book could
be published, or do you really prefer this setup over mongrel?

– James

On Nov 10, 2006, at 7:31 AM, David C. wrote:

Jarkko L. wrote:

" so be sure to get yours while it’s still hot.

Does this book have any content related to coupon codes / discounts?
Didn’t see anything in the TOC, and is one of the things I’m most
interested in.

I don’t know if Jarrko’s does, but mine does. :slight_smile:

http://www.agilewebdevelopment.com/rails-ecommerce

Just got the book - Springer took forever to ship it.

Very impressed - some great examples of how to write effective tests.

Thanks,

Matt J.
[email protected]
President/Technical Director, Acme Art Company (acmeartco.org)

No, unfortunately it was already a bit out of scope for the book. Have
you seen The Money Train
(http://agilewebdevelopment.com/rails-ecommerce) by Ben Curtis? It is
an ebook that has just that kind of short, more advanced “recipes” for
Rails ebusiness sites.

Yeah, I have that PDF book and it is a bit vague on all aspects (as it
states in it’s sale page). As far as coupons / discounts it pretty much
says “they’re hard, so we’ll cover the easy aspects of them” which is
how to do percentage or total off discounts.

What I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around is doing discounts based
upon quantity or associated products (buy this, get this for X off) kind
of things which I haven’t been able to find much info online about.

Seems like someone might be working on it or something like it:
http://blog.scribestudio.com/pages/projects/bottlecap

A pastie:
http://pastie.caboo.se/8154

and

Zen Cart Schema
http://www.zen-cart.com/wiki/index.php/Developers_-_Database_Schema#Coupon_and_Gift_Certificate_Config.2FTracking

and I guess I could write my own. Just being lazy.

thanks!

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