Caveat: Rails has gone from version 1.2 to 2.0 recently with many
Because most books and tutorials were written for 1.2, a total newbie
may get confused.
The situation is improving, but you just need to be aware of this
context in what you're reading/using.
1. Screencasts - there are many videos out there...
I like http://railscasts.com/ (short but free)
and http://peepcode.com/ (longer but a small fee)
2. Howto books - If you like more real-world examples (like me), there
are a couple of books where they walk you through
building a whole project. I like it because it gets you in the rhythm:
adding a plugin; buildin models, controllers, view, tests, etc.
(or tests first:-). Then you repeat it again.
Apress has two books: one on E-commerce and one on a Social
Networking Site. (perhaps they have more.
Railsspace - building a social networking site.
These are mostly geared for Rails 1.2 I think, though the Apress SNS
book is very RESTful.
But they (all, I think) also have active google groups where the
authors respond fairly quickly.
Plus, I think they redone their code base for Rails 2.0.
3. Reference - The Rails Way is a recent book (so it covers 2.0) with
more of a reference fee; short code snippet example;
good explanations of most topics.
hope that helps.