I got Pickaxe 1 should I buy Pickaxe 2?

I got Pickaxe 1 should I buy Pickaxe 2?

Do differences make it worth buying the same book twice? Does anybody
have an opinion on this?

I know RoR v2.0 is coming, but I don’t what to wait several months for
a book on that version…

On 10/25/07, Bob [email protected] wrote:

I got Pickaxe 1 should I buy Pickaxe 2?

Do differences make it worth buying the same book twice? Does anybody
have an opinion on this?

I know RoR v2.0 is coming, but I don’t what to wait several months for
a book on that version…

Are you talking about the Pickaxe, more formally known as “Programming
Ruby”, or “Active Web D. with Rails?”

In either case both first editions are quite out of date, although
there’s probably been more change between Rails 1.1 and 1.2 than
between Ruby 1.6 and 1.8.

I wouldn’t recommend anyone to try to use AWDWR with rails today, and
I’m not sure if a 3rd edition for Rails 2.0 is imminent. I also have
the sense that the difference between Rails 1.2 and the upcoming 2.0
aren’t as drastic as they were between 1.1 and 1.2.


Rick DeNatale

My blog on Ruby
http://talklikeaduck.denhaven2.com/

I meant the Agile Web Dev with Rails book… thanks for the opinion.
Also had the sense that the change from 1.1 to 1.2 was more
significant than 1.2 to 2.0. I’m using the 1.1 book as a reference,
and it seems like there’s a disconnect between stuff I find in the
book, and more recent code samples I find online.

Anyone have any other thoughts?

Recycle that book and buy the second edition. There may be a 3rd ed
coming, not sure, but the changes between rails 1.2 and 2 are not that
significant from an API perspective, except REST. However, REST is a
small part of that book anyway. The difference between the 2 editions of
the book is very significant and using the first edition will cause you
problems and confusion guaranteed.

-Bill

Bob wrote:

On 10/25/07, Bob [email protected] wrote:

a book on that version…
the sense that the difference between Rails 1.2 and the upcoming 2.0


Sincerely,

William P.

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