Beginning Rails: From Novice to Professional by Cloves Carneiro Jr

By Cloves Carneiro Jr

Beginning Rails is the sensible place to begin for someone desirous to how one can construct dynamic internet functions utilizing the Rails framework for Ruby. You’ll learn the way the entire elements of Rails healthy jointly and the way you could leverage them to create refined internet functions with much less code and extra joy.

This ebook is very compatible to these with very little adventure with internet software improvement, or who've a few event yet are new to Rails. starting Rails assumes easy familiarity with internet phrases and applied sciences, yet does not require you to be an expert.

Topics include:

  • A mild creation to the Ruby programming language
  • Installing Ruby and Rails on a Mac, Linux, or home windows procedure
  • The philosophy in the back of Rails and why it concerns
  • The Model-View-Controller structure
  • The fundamentals of relational databases and SQL
  • Setting up a MySQL database and making a schema with migrations
  • Experimenting together with your dwell program within the Rails console
  • Creating wealthy relationships among your versions
  • Using controllers and templates safely
  • Leveraging helpers to maintain your templates fresh and good judgment unfastened
  • Adding Ajax and visible results to complement your consumer interfaces
  • JavaScript with Prototype and script.aculo.us
  • How to ship and obtain mail out of your program
  • Using and developing your individual plug-ins
  • Ensuring your code opposed to Murphy’s legislations via writing assessments
  • Using Capistrano to installation your program

Rather than delving into the arcane information of Rails, the focal point is at the points of the framework that would turn into your choose, shovel, and awl. half historical past lesson, half creation to object-oriented programming, and half dissertation on open resource software program, Beginning Rails doesn’t simply clarify how one can do whatever in Rails, it explains why.

Every programmer fondly recalls the booklet that helped them start. The objective of Beginning Rails is to turn into that e-book for you, today.

Table of Contents

  1. Introducing the Rails Framework
  2. Getting began
  3. Getting anything working
  4. Working with a Database: energetic list
  5. Advanced lively list: bettering Your versions
  6. Action Pack:Working with the View and the Controller
  7. Improving interplay with Ajax
  8. Sending and Receiving Mail
  9. Testing Your software
  10. Extending Rails with Plugins
  11. Deploying Your Rails purposes
  12. Show description

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The controller accesses the model, often updating it in some way (for example, by creating a new user with the form data). 4. The controller invokes a view that renders an updated interface (for example, a “welcome” screen). 5. The interface waits for further interaction from the user, and the cycle repeats. qxd 12 6/30/07 9:07 AM Page 12 CHAPTER 1 ■ INTRODUCING THE RAILS FRAMEWORK Figure 1-1. The MVC cycle If the whole MVC concept sounds a little involved at first, don’t worry. While entire books could be written on this pattern, and people will argue over its purest implementation for all time, you’ll find that it’s really quite easy to grasp, especially the way Rails does MVC.

The beauty, simplicity, and singularity of purpose of UNIX is not lost on the creators of Rails. Although there is perhaps a marked bias towards UNIX variants when it comes to Rails developers, make no mistake, Rails is truly cross-platform. It doesn’t matter which operating system you choose, you’ll be able to use Rails on it. Rails doesn’t require any special editor or IDE to write code. Any text editor will do just fine, as long as it can save files in plain text. The Rails package even includes a built-in, stand-alone web server called WEBrick, so you don’t need to worry about installing and configuring a web server for your platform.

The MVC cycle If the whole MVC concept sounds a little involved at first, don’t worry. While entire books could be written on this pattern, and people will argue over its purest implementation for all time, you’ll find that it’s really quite easy to grasp, especially the way Rails does MVC. Next, we’ll take a quick tour through each letter in the MVC, and then describe how Rails handles it. The Layers of MVC The three layers of the MVC pattern work together as follows: • Model: The information the application works with.

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