Ruby on Rails Fun

Still my early summer holidays. Apart from the many household jobs my parents have instructed me to do, I’ve also be learning a new programming language.

I’ve be learning the great web development language known as ruby on rails. I’m not quite a 1337 h4xx0r at it yet, but hopefully one day! Or perhaps not. I’m not a 1337 h4xx0r at php and javascript and I’ve been using them for quite a while now.


I think this ruby on rails magic makes all this web development lark much easier because of the following things I’ve found so far:

Firstly, the “Model, View, Controller” way of running things. Ok. So this wasn’t easy to understand straight away. But as soon as it goes *click* in your head, it sure is amazing. I remember half heartedly trying to learn ruby on rails a while back and gave up pretty quickly because of the confusion from this MVC. If you want to learn ruby on rails, I do recommend getting a good book (I’ll talk about that in a minute), and also making lots of examples to remember what all the different components of MVC do.

Number 2 in ruby on rails features has to be Migrations for databases. Migrations allow you to easily synchronise database changes between developers of the web application. You make a change to the database that needs to be synchronised? Well then you setup a database migration step and the changes will be updated when the developer next runs db:migrate. Another good use for database migrations would be to easily manage the database states between the development and the actual deployment on a server. I can’t see PHP doing that with any great ease.

Number 3? Well… I don’t have a number 3! I’ve only got to page 100 so far. Actually 99. But still!

The elite book

Before starting to learn I spent much time trying to find the best book to guide me through learning the language. After browsing through the surprisingly small amount of RoR books on amazon, I found that the best beginners book is one that goes by the name of “Agile Web Development with Rails”. It’s a bit of a mouthful for a book title, but it surely is a great book. It is very well written and easy to understand.

The book takes you through building a project that is an e-commerce site. I find this is the best way to learn a new language and is what I’ve done for almost every other programming language I’ve learnt. I would have preferred for it to be a more useful project, such as a blogging system or something else. But looking at it now, I can see that an e-commerce system probably contains lots of different concepts that you will learn.

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