Topical Tutorials?

Hi.

I was wondering if anyone has a site with ruby tutorials split into
topics based on the task you're trying to perform? sort of like
tutorials which you can follow to actually add functionality to an
application?

This information is more likely to be covered by books than online.
The *Ruby* Cookbook had many practical examples for common
ruby tasks (and some rails stuff). Theres a Rails cookbook too, if
its in the same vein its likely to be what you are looking for (me too).

the areas I'm needing advice on are:
1. Passing data from forms and displaying on another page - I want to
have the user enter their info on the users/new page, but instead of
just clicking the 'Create' button and it loads into the database, I want
to show a confirmation page showing what they entered.

In your Users controller create method enter something like this:
redirect_to :action => 'confirm_details'

(basically put a confirm_details method in your controller and make a
new view based on that method)

So more DIY tutorials on each aspect of creating a project, rather than
a programming guide.

My experience is that in-depth Rails Tutorials/examples have to be paid
for by purchasing the books that contain them. This isn't a bad thing,
but its a change when you are migrating from a corporate-sponsored
framework like Java, .NET etc.where people are employed to write
articles for free distribution.

About the only negative is that the half life of Rails books is quite short.
Agile Web Development With Rails is the killer Rails book to cut your
teeth on, but its 2nd edition is only just out, and the 1st ed is very out
of date now (<2 years old).

Rails Recipes has some excellent stuff in there, but I am not at the
level of proficiency yet where I can use many of those recipes (but
they are great stuff, I know I am going to need a lot of them).

Richard.