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Beginning Rails From Novice to Professional

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ISBN-10: 1590596862

ISBN-13: 9781590596869

Edition: 2007

Authors: Jeffrey Allan Hardy, Cloves Carneiro, Hampton Catlin, David Rupp, Jeffrey Allan Hardy

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Beginning Rails is the practical starting point for anyone wanting to learn how to build dynamic web applications using the Rails framework for Ruby. Yoursquo;ll learn how all of the components of Rails fit together and how you can leverage them to create sophisticated web applications with less code and more joy. This book is particularly well suited to those with little or no experience with web application development, or who have some experience but are new to Rails. Beginning Rails assumes basic familiarity with web terms and technologies, but doesn't require you to be an expert. Topics include: A gentle introduction to the Ruby programming language Installing Ruby and Rails on a…    
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Book details

List price: $34.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Apress L. P.
Publication date: 10/19/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 361
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.25" long x 0.80" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Hampton Catlin was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1982, on a sunny day with highs in the mid-80s and only a 20% chance of precipitation. He has been developing web applications since high school and fell in love with the Web all over again when he found the Rails framework. The creator of the Haml markup language and Sass (Haml for CSS), Hampton blogs at and is currently a partner at Unspace Interactive in Toronto.

About the Authors
About the Technical Reviewer
Introducing the Rails Framework
The Rise and Rise of the Web Application
The Web Is Not Perfect
The Good Web Framework
Enter Rails
Rails Is Ruby
Rails Encourages Agility
Rails Is Opinionated Software
Rails Is Open Source
The MVC Pattern
The MVC Cycle
The Layers of MVC
The Libraries That Make Up Rails
Rails Is No Silver Bullet
Getting Started
An Overview of Rails Installation
Installing on Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger
Installing the Apple Developer Tools (Xcode)
Installing MySQL
Adding MySQL to Your Path
Installing Ruby
Installing RubyGems
Installing Rails
Automating Installation
Installing on Windows XP
Installing MySQL
Installing Ruby
Installing Rails
Installing on Linux
Installing MySQL
Installing Ruby
Installing RubyGems
Installing Rails
Creating Your First Rails Application
Starting the Built-In Web Server
Generating a Controller
Creating an Action
Creating a Template
Getting Something Running
An Overview of the Project
Creating the Events Application
Creating the Project Databases
Creating the Event Model
Creating a Database Table
Generating a Controller
Up and Running with Scaffolding
Adding More Fields
Adding Validations
Generating a Scaffold
Working with a Database: Active Record
Introducing Active Record: Object-Relational Mapping on Rails
What About SQL?
Active Record Conventions
Introducing the Console
Active Record Basics: CRUD
Creating New Records
Reading (Finding) Records
Updating Records
Deleting Records
When Good Models Go Bad
Advanced Active Record: Enhancing Your Models
Adding Methods
Using Associations
Declaring Associations
Creating One-to-One Associations
Creating One-to-Many Associations
Applying Association Options
Creating Many-to-Many Associations
Creating Rich Many-to-Many Associations
Building Conditions for Advanced Finding
Using a Conditions Hash
Using a SQL Fragment
Using an Array
Using Association Proxies
Applying Validations
Building Custom Validation Methods
Using Built-in Validations
Making Callbacks
Reviewing the Updated Models
Updating the User Model
Action Pack: Working with the View and the Controller
Action Pack Components
Action Controller
Action View
Embedded Ruby
The Action Pack Request Cycle
A Controller Walk-Through
Setting Up Routes
Generating a Controller
Creating a Template
Working with Layouts
Creating a Registration Form
Using Form Helpers
Processing Request Parameters
Writing a Create Action
Rendering Responses
Displaying Error Messages in Templates
Adding the Edit Form
Staying Dry with Partials
Adding the Login and Logout Actions
Improving the Events Controller and Templates
Cleaning Up the Events Controller
Using Partials in the Events Templates
Adding Categories to the Events Form
Handling Categories in the Events Controller
Using Controller Filters
Requiring Authentication with Filters
Applying Filters to Controllers
Adding Finishing Touches
Using Action View Helpers
Escaping HTML in Templates
Formatting a Description Field
Adding Edit Controls
Adding Custom Helpers
Giving It Some Style
Improving Interaction with Ajax
Ajax and Rails
Prototype and Helpers
JavaScript Libraries
Using Ajax Helpers
Making Remote Calls with link_to_remote
Posting Forms Remotely with form_remote_tag
Polling for Changes with observe_field and observe_form
Using Helpers
Implementing Auto-Completion
Adding an In-Place Editor
Adding Visual Effects
Using RJS Templates
Implementing RJS in Templates
Implementing RJS in the Controller
Sending and Receiving Mail
Setting Up Action Mailer
Configuring Mail Server Settings
Configuring Application Settings
Sending Email
Handling Basic Email
Sending HTML Email
Adding Multiple Parts to Messages
Adding Attachments
Sending Incoming Email to a Rails Process
Testing Your Application
How Rails Handles Testing
Unit Testing Your Rails Application
Testing the Event Model
Testing Validations
Functional Testing Your Controllers
Testing the Events Controller
Creating a Test Helper
Running the Functional Test Suite
Integration Testing
Integration Testing the Events Application
Story-Based Testing
Running the Full Test Suite
Measuring Test Coverage with Rcov
Extending Rails with Plugins
Finding and Installing Plugins
Finding Plugins
Installing Plugins
Using a Plugin in Our Application
Modifying the Database
Modifying the Application to Use the Plugin
Creating Your Own Plugin
Making the Plugin Available to Applications
Creating the Plugin Module
Updating the Controller and Views
Deploying Your Rails Applications
Deploying with Capistrano
Capistrano Installation
Capistrano Recipes
Capistrano on the Deployment Server
Custom Capistrano Tasks
Setting Up Your Server Architecture
Monolithic Architecture
Proxy-Cluster Server: The New Kid on the Block
Becoming an Instant Deployment Expert
Ruby, a Programmer's Best Friend
Instant Interaction
Ruby Types
Arrays and Hashes
Language Basics
Blocks and Iterators
Control Structures
Classes and Objects
Ruby Documentation
Databases 101
Examining a Database Table
Working with Tables
Selecting Data
Inserting Data
Updating Data
Deleting Data
Understanding Relationships
SQL and Active Record
The Rails Community
Rails Mailing Lists
Rails IRC Channel
Rails Blogs and Podcast
Rails Wiki
Rails APIs
Rails Trac
Working with Rails Directory