New to RoR, a quick question

Hi!

I’m new to Ruby and Rails and I’ve got previous experience with PHP,
some C/Objective C and Java. I’ve just finished the short “first app”
tutorial on rubyonrails.org. RoR seems great and I really like it
after this brief intro :slight_smile:

A question. What should an app contain? I mean, is it the whole site
or should I split the site up in several apps? Most tutorials only
have some basic intro that creates like a ‘blog’. Yeah, that fits good
inside a single app. But what about if you have one part of your site
that’s a blog, another part is a forum, another is a community thing,
another is a task manager…and so on.

Do you see what I mean? Should I split all these into several ‘apps’?

Perhaps it’s a stupid question, but as I said, I AM new to this
so… :slight_smile:

Cheers!
Linus

On Mar 15, 2011, at 5:20 PM, Linus P. wrote:

inside a single app. But what about if you have one part of your site
that’s a blog, another part is a forum, another is a community thing,
another is a task manager…and so on.

Do you see what I mean? Should I split all these into several ‘apps’?

Perhaps it’s a stupid question, but as I said, I AM new to this
so… :slight_smile:

Welcome to the party, I just got here myself… I would say to answer
your question that it matters more what your various apps have in
common or need to share. Let’s say you have a blog comment model and a
forum post model, and they both need a user to sign in in order to be
able to say who created each – that would argue for maybe putting
each of these “apps” together in the same application where they could
share the common sign-in and other resources.

On the other hand, if you don’t need to share anything, there’s a lot
good to be said for having the bare-est minimum in your application.
Less to break, for one thing. You could also expose your login as a
service from one “user management” app, and consume it from two
others. Luckily, these sorts of choices are something you can revise
later on, as a Rails app can seem a bit like a box of Legos, where you
can snap things together and good tests let you refactor at whim.

Walter

Hi!

Thank you for your answers :slight_smile: I really appreciate it.
I have checked out some Railscasts and they are great. They may be a
little too specific for me at the moment though.

Are there any good Rails-tutorials out there for a complete website? A
website that has more functions than just a ‘blog’ with comments. Or
maybe just a complete site on github or something where I can browse
some code to get the hang of the structure of a complete site? :slight_smile:

Best Regards
Linus

These parts of the site (forum, community thing, task manager) you’ll
would
basically do with Rails Scaffolds, creating each resource of your
application and each important thing of the app (comments, posts,
members)
you’d define in models. You would design your views, use some gem for
authentication… basically it.

I think thats it, basically. I tip I can give you is start making
something
real, coding for sure :smiley: … in your free time, address some project you
have
in mind and with no pressure or compromise, start developing it!

Oh, and don’t forget http://railscasts.com I’ve already learned a lot of
things with its screencasts!

Cheers!

On Wed, Mar 16, 2011 at 10:04 AM, Linus P. <
[email protected]> wrote:

Hi!

Thank you for your answers :slight_smile: I really appreciate it.
I have checked out some Railscasts and they are great. They may be a
little too specific for me at the moment though.

Start with the Rails guides. It isn’t a whole website, but it’s all of
the
initial steps required to build one:
http://guides.rubyonrails.org/

I also hear good things about Rails for Zombies, but haven’t had a
chance to
check it out:
http://railsforzombies.org/

Best Wishes,
Peter

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