View Full Version : Getting started as a Rails developer

31-03-2010, 10:53 AM
So I'm looking to get my feet wet on some Rails. I'm currently a .NET/PHP oriented developer but have a good idea of all the amazing stuff Rails can do (ActiveRecord, AJAX integration etc) ... I'm just not sure where to start yet.

I've got an e-book called "Agile Web Development with Rails: Third Edition" which has been pretty helpful so far and I might stick with it. However, if anyone can suggest any other books, or learning resources like Youtube etc, that'd be great.

My primary dev environment is Ubuntu and I've just installed the Ruby on Rails plugin into Netbeans so hopefully will get a chance to play with it tonight.

Thanks everyone!

31-03-2010, 01:24 PM
So I'm looking to get my feet wet on some Rails.

There is a Ruby user group in Perth and the guys at TwoTwenty are running some type of rails black ops training as well.

31-03-2010, 01:58 PM
The Sitepoint book Simply Rails 2 is a very good read. I have it and quite often refer back to it.

31-03-2010, 04:15 PM
Ahh yes, I've been looking at making contact with them and The Frontier Group in West Perth.

Sounds good! I'll check it out.

01-04-2010, 09:52 AM
The next black ops training (@Tuna, I'm totally stealing that) start in May: http://railstraining.in

06-04-2010, 01:58 PM
1st: have a project to build
2nd: build a shitty tutorial app for starts
3rd: Screencasts are your friend - http://www.railscasts.com
4th: API Docs - http://api.rubyonrails.org/
5th: Build stuff
6th: goto 3rd, if stuck harass twitter feed for answers.

You can teach yourself anything online if you have the patience, especially programming languages. Once you understand the basic constructs (and you obviously do) it's all just lots of "whats the ruby/rails way of doing this? why does everyone do it that way? why not <this> way?"

Tip: Whenever googling for answers "In the last year" filter under advanced options is your friend, old stuff generally is only going to pollute your brain.

Note: That sitepoint book was quite good, however i spent way more (and learnt more) from methods 1-6 ;P

08-04-2010, 08:49 AM
Thanks for the advice everyone!

I'm currently working away at a tutorial called "The Pragmatic Bookshelf" (which apparently a lot of people have done) and so far I've learned a truckload of how Rails operates so I might stick with it until I crave more.