I got Pickaxe 1 should I buy Pickaxe 2?

I got Pickaxe 1 should I buy Pickaxe 2?

Do differences make it worth buying the same book twice? Does anybody have an opinion on this?

I know RoR v2.0 is coming, but I don't what to wait several months for a book on that version...

Are you talking about the Pickaxe, more formally known as "Programming Ruby", or "Active Web Development with Rails?"

In either case both first editions are quite out of date, although there's probably been more change between Rails 1.1 and 1.2 than between Ruby 1.6 and 1.8.

I wouldn't recommend anyone to try to use AWDWR with rails today, and I'm not sure if a 3rd edition for Rails 2.0 is imminent. I also have the sense that the difference between Rails 1.2 and the upcoming 2.0 aren't as drastic as they were between 1.1 and 1.2.

I meant the Agile Web Dev with Rails book... thanks for the opinion. Also had the sense that the change from 1.1 to 1.2 was more significant than 1.2 to 2.0. I'm using the 1.1 book as a reference, and it seems like there's a disconnect between stuff I find in the book, and more recent code samples I find online.

Anyone have any other thoughts?

Recycle that book and buy the second edition. There may be a 3rd ed coming, not sure, but the changes between rails 1.2 and 2 are not that significant from an API perspective, except REST. However, REST is a small part of that book anyway. The difference between the 2 editions of the book is very significant and using the first edition will cause you problems and confusion guaranteed.


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