Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Rails by Example

I have been kicking around the idea of building a site to store golf scores and report on stats for a few years now and have even gone through the motions of starting to build it in php a couple times. I don’t know if I didn’t have experience at the time or if the documentation/community for the frameworks I choose were not clear enough but the end result was always the same. I would work at it for a few weeks then after not really making any real traction I would quit and forget about it.

This time has been different though, Ruby on Rails just makes sense to me and I haven’t felt overwhelmed and continue to chip away at building the site. I think the biggest reason that I have not given up this time is that I bought “Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Rails by Example” and built out the sample application and did all the extra exercises. This book is recommended over and over again whenever someone asks about learning rails and it really does deserve its reputation as the best resource for learning rails.

It does a really great job of teaching the fundamentals of Model-View-Controller, REST and Test Driven Development, all while getting the reader comfortable with Ruby syntax and Rails conventions.

So my first lesson learned is that anyone who wants to learn rails should start with “Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Rails by Example”.

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