R4Rails book is losing me

Hi --

I've spent this past week reading the Ruby4Rails book, and for the most
part, it's great. After the initial introduction on rails, and the
indepth ruby information, it takes me back to the rails stuff, which i
was looking forward to all week :slight_smile:
However, it soon becomes hard to follow and seems to miss steps out? All
of a sudden, I'm told to have the composer.country in my view, but my
composer model doesn't know about a country(easy enough to fix i know).
but then there are other similar things which help my lose my way again.

The composer table has a 'country' column -- so every composer
automatically has a country attribute that can be retrieved with
composer.country and set with composer.country = "France" (plus
composer.save). That's part of the coolness of ActiveRecord: every
column in the table becomes an attribute of the corresponding Ruby
object.

Maybe I just need to take a day or two away from reading it, then go
back to it fresh. Failing that, are there any other materials I might
read before going back to this, to become more familiar with rails?

You could look at Agile Web Development with Rails, which is sort of
the inverse of my book (in terms of Ruby/Rails ratio) and therefore
complements it very well. But by all means keep reading R4R, and feel
free to bring up any puzzlements you encounter.

David