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Wed, Aug. 27th, 2008, 03:21 pm
finefinemusic: Book recommendations?

Hello everyone. I've been out of the coding/designing scene for a few years and looking to get back into it. Previously I worked with a lot of PHP, and a friend suggested I check out Ruby. I find I learn a lot better out of a book than a webpage, so I am here to ask if anyone's got a recommendation for any particular book? There are a lot marked five stars on Amazon. I've had __ for Dummies books and a few PHP books, but the authors I liked have not written any Rails books :)

I appreciate any suggestions you can offer and look forward to jumping in!

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2008 08:25 pm (UTC)

oh yeah, I definitely understand how quickly things change in the web world! I just wanted something basic I could start with in a physical form - easier for me to keep a book open on my lap than click through tabs looking for info. Plus I can read it on the bus!

Thanks very much for your help and suggestions, I look forward to learning how Rails works. As it is now I am hesitant even in my vocabulary use of "Ruby" vs "Rails" and better go read a "What is Ruby anyway?" page to get myself started. ;)

Wed, Aug. 27th, 2008 08:41 pm (UTC)

Ruby is simply a programming language. A really powerful and flexible one.
Rails is a web framework on top of that programming language.

If you can get a well-reviewed Rails 2.x book, you're probably OK starting there rather than with a Ruby book, since the Rails books cover enough Ruby to get you started. But it's still important to get the Ruby book after you get started.

And things change much faster in the Ruby and Rails world(s) than in the rest of the web world, so hold on tight!