help me choose a ruby book

could any1 recomend a book i could buy for my girlfriend shes a computer
programmer and deals in ruby rails i dont have a clue , there are a few
on amazon could sum1 help me pick a decent 1?


There are (my) reviews of Rails and related books there.

I wish I could copy & paste it here but I don't really to want to
HTMLize this mailing list post.

The first book I recommended is, of course, the Agile Web Development
with Rails. Excerpt from my page:

  Agile Web Development with Rails
"The Rails Bible"

If you prefer learning/reading/practicing/doing from a book than
online, the first book I'd recommend is obviously the one that David
Heinemeier Hansson (creator of Rails) wrote himself, Agile Web
Development with Rails. Note that this book is excellent if you're
already a bit familiar with the Ruby programming language, or if you
can follow the Ruby examples quickly (I hope so, since in my opinion
Ruby is one of the easiest programming languages to learn). If you
need help in Ruby, though, you may want to read one of the Ruby
programming language tutorials (in Rails-related Resources section
above, or the Ruby books below), or get the Rails book for you that
wants to learn Ruby and Rails from scratch, Ruby on Rails Up and
Running (see more below).

The second edition of this book is available, you should get it rather
than the first edition. The reason is pretty understandable: the Rails
project is going in a very rapid pace, and there are cool new features
in the newer Rails versions (1.2.x) that weren't available at the time
the first edition of the book was written. Don't worry though, there
are still plenty of documentation and samples on the Rails API
documentation, the Rails wiki, and other places, to look for
information about these new features.