RoR for dummies .. from nothing to knowlege

Well,
i'm like a dinosaur .. an ASP classic procedural developer but I think
it's' time to evolve, so I started learning RoR and OO/MVC programming.

As a First step I did the two "try" on the netbeans website and
everythig was fine so i'm making a to do list of simple project for
getting better and better
knowlege about Ror.

righrt now i thinked this "demo" project:

1:
a CRUD for making mail footer (you can insert your name , phone ,and
skype)
and the app will make a nice .zip with inside a personalized html to use
as mail footer. (right now I have this app made with asp+mdb

2:
a login system ... a user can register himself with mail validation and
later logon and change his password

3:
a filemanager .. you can upload , download and delete a file

next ... ?

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thanks

You can find all the needed code snippets in Advanced Rails Recipes. I
would recommend using this book for pointers and code snippets.

http://railsbookclub.com/advanced-rails-recipes

(zipping up and generating files, login system through
acts_as_authenticated, manipulating files)

Simone R. wrote:

well, more than find the actual code I need some hint if this demo apps
can
be useful for learning the "building blocks" , for sure I will buy the
book for reference but in the ASP world with this 3 app you can build a
good starting knowlege , maybe in RoR is differen there are other
problem on wich you need to build skill before going on real programming

You might take a look at the RailsSpace book. It goes through the creation
of a social network site using rails and assumes zero knowledge.

http://www.amazon.com/RailsSpace-Building-Networking-Addison-Wesley-Professional/dp/0321480791/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1236105978&sr=8-1

Simone R. wrote:

Vincent Bakker wrote:

You can find all the needed code snippets in Advanced Rails Recipes. I
would recommend using this book for pointers and code snippets.

http://railsbookclub.com/advanced-rails-recipes

(zipping up and generating files, login system through
acts_as_authenticated, manipulating files)

well, more than find the actual code I need some hint if this demo apps
can
be useful for learning the "building blocks" , for sure I will buy the
book for reference but in the ASP world with this 3 app you can build a
good starting knowlege , maybe in RoR is differen there are other
problem on wich you need to build skill before going on real programming

RailsSpace, Beginning Rails or Simply Rails 2 are great learning books.
These books take you through the process of developing an entire app
from a to z. (social network, e-commerce site of news site)

I find these methods really handy. Not only do you get a cleared picture
of the coherence of the code, you also learn a bit about plugins,
generators, test driven development, ajax etc.

I would start with: Beginning Rails (http://tinyurl.com/b438x8). A file
manager and a mail footer creator are not the best starting points,
since an important part of Ruby on Rails is developing database driven
webapps and working through the MVC principle.

i think your project is a pretty good start. if you are going to code
it all by yourself, maybe even put your authentication-code into a
plugin and in the end try to exchange it with sth. like
restful_athentication, then you got your hands dirty enough to start a
serious project. depending on your personal goals you could take a few
steps into the way rails handles AJAX (prototype, ...).

in general your goals should be to:
- be able to write some basic ruby-code
- get an understanding for the way rails works and models, views and
controllers interact with each other
- work with plugins (use them and maybe write your own) and gems
- write valid html and css
- use some AJAX
- secure your application

as i see it your demo-project allows you to dive into all these
topics. everything else depends on your personal needs and plans.

oh, yeah i forgot:
- be sure to test your app. either you use the built in test-
framework or something like rspec.

btw: it really doesn't matter which book your reading or which
tutorial you are following. your approach of getting your hands dirty
and trying to build a (not so trivial) app on your own is IMHO a very
good one. you will need to combine the examples of different tutorials/
books into one working app. that will teach you a lot about rails.

Simone,

lots of people don't know about Rails Guides project: http://guides.rails.info
. It has wonderful up-to-date content on lots of topics.

You may want to start with "Getting Started with Rails":
http://guides.rails.info/getting_started.html

--karmi

# controller:
def show_all_models
  # require all of your models so they get loaded
  Dir.glob(RAILS_ROOT + '/app/models/*.rb').each { |file| require
file }
  # find all subclasses of ActiveRecord
  @all_models = Object.subclasses_of(ActiveRecord::Base)
end

# view:
<ul>
  <% @all_models.each do |model| %>
    <li><%= model %></li>
  <% end %>
</ul>

if you are using ActiveRecordStore there is probably a model in there
for that as well. if you don't want to display that one, remove it
inside your controller.