I’m embarking on a new project. Eventually, I hope, it will tie together with Coming Anarchy, the Wary Guerrilla Wary Student projects, as well as some other stuff. For this stage, though, I get to put my computer science experience to use by learning the hip new development platform: Ruby on Rails.
At first Ruby on Rails is — scary. The tutorials I found online weren’t much help. Happily, a fellow student who is also involved and knows more than I do suggested Agile Web Development with Railsâ€”Second Edition. The book is amazingly good.
The book starts right-off with useful information about getting a development system up and running. Then a great “hello world” program which emphasizes Ruby on Rails usability from both the programmer’s and the end-user’s standpoint. The chapter ends with logical, simple tasks to aid procedural memorization.
I haven’t finished the book yet (far from it), and I haven’t begun on the main project either. But so far this book is an outstanding resource.