On Mon, Mar 12, 2007 at 10:12:45PM +0900, Rick DeNatale wrote:
I might suggest that “Ruby for Rails” might be a good book to start
with. It covers both Ruby and Rails in a spiral fashion, giving you a
little Ruby, then a little Rails, then going back in more depth.
It doesn’t cover Ruby as deeply as the pickaxe, and it doesn’t cover
Rails as deeply as AWDWR (and it’s based on Rails 1.1 whereas AWDWR
2nd ed is more up-to-date covering the recently released Rails 1.2),
but as an introduction to both Ruby and Rails as a whole it’s probably
not a bad place to start.
Thanks for adding a more experienced perspective on those books. I’ll
add some of the details of that to my store of knowledge.
Now my experience was based on first reading the 1st ed of the pickaxe
on-line, then either the 1st ed of AWDWR or the 2nd ed of the Pickaxe
(or the other way around), then Ruby for Rails and AWDWR 2nd ed (sort
of in parallel). So I don’t really know what it would have been like
to start with Ruby for Rails, any more than someone of my age knows
what it would be like to encounter Star Wars for the first time in the
the order Episode 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6.
I imagine it would be a little disorienting, but I’m just guessing.