Is AWDwR Still Useful?

I’m sure this is becoming an FAQ and I apologize. I haven’t quite
found the answers I’m looking for yet and hope you can help.

As a relative noob to Rails I’m trying to figure out how best to
approach my learning of it. I wanted to try to work my way thru Agile
Web D. with Rails and figure out how to create the Depot
application in Rails 2.0. I know people have recommended to not do
that and just work through the book with Rails 1.2.5 instead, but I
don’t really want to spend a lot of time learning methods and
practices that have been deprecated. I was able to get past a few
hurdles but have hit a wall on trying to figure out how to convert a
dynamic scaffold to a static scaffold for an existing model that has a
different controller name (e.g. the old “script/generate scaffold
product admin”) step.

Is working thru the book with an old version of Rails really the best
approach? Then what steps should be followed to retrain my brain to
use the 2.0 methods? Is there a better way to learn Rails 2.0?

On Dec 12, 3:24 am, Dan [email protected] wrote:

Is working thru the book with an old version of Rails really the best
approach? Then what steps should be followed to retrain my brain to
use the 2.0 methods? Is there a better way to learn Rails 2.0?

If you already have the book and are trying to learn from that, I
would stick to 1.2.5. I haven’t read the second edition but I’m
assuming they don’t use many deprecated features that have been
removed in rails 2.0. The new features of rails 2.0 aren’t very
drastic changes if you’ve been using best practices from 1.2.5, so
updating the depot application after you’ve finished the book
shouldn’t be too difficult. Just keep an eye out for any deprecation
warnings and follow the suggestions. After going through the book, you
can learn the new 2.0 features from:

The peepcode pdf:
http://peepcode.com/products/rails2-pdf

Ryan’s scraps:
http://ryandaigle.com/articles/2007/12/7/rails-2-0-final-released-summary-of-features

The official release post:

And when you’ve got a good grasp on the basics, you could check out
Advanced Rails Recipes which covers rails 2.0 (but as far as I know is
not a good introductory tutorial):
http://pragprog.com/titles/fr_arr

That’s my recommendation anyway. Good luck!


Justin B.
http://mega.blaix.com

Thanks for the advice, but I am following the Second Edition and it
seems to be pretty much incompatible with Rails 2.0.

I’ve relented and am taking your advice. It’s much easier to just go
with the flow. Thanks.

I got the same situation, but I think wiki is helpful, like change of
using scaffold.

I too have the second edition.

I started working with it in october. By now I am working on my own
app, reading the part of the book that is not related to the depot app
and doing coding in my free time. I actually never finished the depot
app (not that the guide is useless or flawed or anything, it was
mostly because of how I learn things).

I’ve started converting my app to 2.0 in baby steps. Everything new I
create is RESTful, but I’m not in a hurry to refactor the “old” code.
I think it is easier to “learn” 2.0 if you know 1.2, but thats my
opinion.

I would advise you to go trough and create the depot app using 1.2.6.
After you are done, you will be more prepared to start creating your
own app using 2.0.

I have created a screencast that is updated version of onlamp.com
Rolling
With Rails for Rails 2.0, check it out:
http://www.rubyplus.org/episodes/17-Rolling-with-Ruby-on-Rails-Revised-Rails-2-.html

On Dec 27, 2007 10:11 PM, eileandour [email protected] wrote:

I got the same situation, but I think wiki is helpful, like change of
using scaffold.


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Free Ruby and Rails Screencasts

It is the pimped up Rails 2.0 version of this article:
http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/onlamp/2005/01/20/rails.html

On Dec 28, 2007 4:57 AM, Ersin Er [email protected] wrote:


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You can check out mine:

And a 2 part tutorial:


http://www.akitaonrails.com/2007/12/12/rolling-with-rails-2-0-the-first-full-tutorial-part-2

Best Regards

Here is the Pimped up version of AWDwR depot app:

http://www.rubyplus.org/episodes/19-AWDR-Depot-App-using-Rails-2-version.html

with lot of cool Rails 2.0 features.

On Dec 12, 2007 12:24 AM, Dan [email protected] wrote:

I’m sure this is becoming an FAQ and I apologize. I haven’t quite
found the answers I’m looking for yet and hope you can help.


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On Dec 28, 2007 12:18 PM, Bala P. [email protected] wrote:

I have created a screencast that is updated version of onlamp.com Rolling
With Rails for Rails 2.0, check it out:
http://www.rubyplus.org/episodes/17-Rolling-with-Ruby-on-Rails-Revised-Rails-2-.html

What does this 200MB! download include?


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Free Ruby and Rails Screencasts


Ersin Er

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