Best book to learn RoR??

I am a PHP developer and I am interested in learning some RoR. I tend
to learn easier using a book, but there are so many out there it is
hard to pick! Can anyone recommend a good book? I am thinking about
getting "Beginning Ruby: From Notice to Professional" (http://
preview.tinyurl.com/mj63z9)

Any suggestions would be helpful

Thanks

"Agile Web Development with Rails"
Sood escribió:

"Agile Web Development with Rails"

Make sure it is the third edition or it will be out of date already

Colin

If you know how to speak portuguese, I suggest my book :smiley:
Desenvolvimento Fácil e Rápido de Aplicações Web

Rodrigo Urubatan Ferreira Jardim
rodrigo@urubatan.com.br

Visite meu blog: http://www.urubatan.com.br
Blog em ingles: http://www.urubatan.info

Melhor livro de RoR do Brasil: http://livro.urubatan.com.br

Agile Web Development with Rails 3rd edition
The Rails Way
The Ruby Way
Ruby for Rails (it's a bit old, but has TONS of great stuff about
Ruby)

Sood wrote:

As a PHP developer you maybe interested in this book:

http://www.pragprog.com/titles/ndphpr/rails-for-php-developers

Cheers,
Nicholas

I vote "Agile Web Development with Rails" as well. Get latest version.
It does not cover Rails 3 but you can upgrade your brain later.
Many,many companies/sites will continue to be using Rails 2 for a
while.

If you are concerned about learning Rails 3 now: http://www.manning.com/katz/

H

Agile Web Development with Rails 3rd edition is the best choice, also
The Rails Way give you some deep insight.

Programming Ruby and Ruby Cookbook are good choices to learn Ruby

My votes would have to be for both of David Black's efforts, "Ruby
for Rails" and "The Well Groomed Rubist". The latter is claimed by
the author to be an update of the first, but having rad both several
times I find only a vague resemblance between them. The first is more
Rails oriented than the later, by intent, but both are very good
studies of Ruby using Rails as a representative sample of what Ruby is
capable of.

When compared with the first two, "The Rails Way" by Obie Fernandez is
a detailed examination of the features of Rails 2.0. It is already
dated of course. Truth be known, anything in print about Rails is
dated. Nonetheless, it has a large amount of detailed information
about various aspects of Rails, most of which is still valid, and how
they are used, together with some useful dissenting commentary from
others beside the author. I think that this is a required volume for
anyone seriously working with Rails.

I have all of the AWPwRoR books. These are frequently recommended.
If you are an experienced web application designer and are simply
looking for a guide as to how to transfer your existing skills into
Ruby then this extended walk-through of a simple, yet non-trivial,
project is certainly helpful. If you are not an experienced web
application designer then I am afraid that these books will frequently
leave you asking yourself the question: Huh???... They are very good
in themselves, but they tend to assume a large body of pre-existing
knowledge.

Another book that you simply must have if you are doing Ruby work is
"The Ruby Programming Language" by Flanagan & Matsumoto. Enough said.

HTH

Ohhh jeeez, did I write that? It is the "Well Grounded Rubist."
everyone knows that you cannot groom a Rubist....

Sigh...

My votes would have to be for both of David Black's efforts, "Ruby
for Rails" and "The Well Groomed Rubist".

Ohhh jeeez, did I write that? It is the "Well Grounded Rubist."

Well, strictly speaking: The Well-Grounded Rubyist :slight_smile:

everyone knows that you cannot groom a Rubist....

And even if you could, you probably wouldn't want me as your
instructor :slight_smile:

David

+1 for Agile Web Development with Rails
+1 for The Rails Way (Obie rocks)
Programming Ruby (the "pickaxe book")

Those three books will give you a great start into Rails and provide
some background into the Ruby language. You also can try Why's
Poignant Guide to Ruby:

http://poignantguide.net/ruby/

Chunky bacon! :slight_smile:

Hi --

Agile Web Development with Rails 3rd edition is the best choice, also
The Rails Way give you some deep insight.

Programming Ruby and Ruby Cookbook are good choices to learn Ruby

I am a PHP developer and I am interested in learning some RoR. I tend
to learn easier using a book, but there are so many out there it is
hard to pick! Can anyone recommend a good book? I am thinking about
getting "Beginning Ruby: From Notice to Professional" (http://
preview.tinyurl.com/mj63z9)

Any suggestions would be helpful

My votes would have to be for both of David Black's efforts, "Ruby
for Rails" and "The Well Groomed Rubist". The latter is claimed by
the author to be an update of the first, but having rad both several
times I find only a vague resemblance between them. The first is more
Rails oriented than the later, by intent, but both are very good
studies of Ruby using Rails as a representative sample of what Ruby is
capable of.

The new one, "The Well-Grounded Rubyist", is just Ruby -- no Rails.
It's kind of an update of "Ruby for Rails"... but the word I've been
using is a "repurposing". It's just Ruby, updated for 1.9.1, lots of
new stuff, all the old stuff reviewed and revised, no Rails. (I want
to emphasize the no Rails thing so that I don't get any disgruntlement
when people buy it and find that there's no Rails :slight_smile:

David

thanks guys for all the opinions!
I went ahead and ordered the Agile Web Development with Rails (3rd
edition) (http://preview.tinyurl.com/n4kpcn)

Agile Web Development with Rails is good.
Also I love screencast from railscasts.com

And after you watched them, the "transcriptions" at asciicasts.com