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What's Inside * How Ruby and Rails work, separately and together * Extensive Ruby language tutorial * Ruby techniques for Rails applications * Explore the Rails framework source code A new level of programming power and versatility awaits Ruby on Rails developers who master t only the conventions of Rails but the workings of the Ruby language itself. Because Rails itself and all Rails applications are written in Ruby, the kwledge of Ruby this book gives you will dramatically improve your Rails programming. You'll gain an intimate understanding of how familiar Rails idioms actually work. And you'll find expanded possibilities for your applications using custom-written Ruby. Crystal-clear explanations of key Ruby programming techniques and extensive working examples will draw you into both the language and the framework. Web developers just coming to Ruby through Rails will get a solid, uniquely Rails-aware treatment of the language -- and a vital, Ruby-aware perspective on Rails. And seasoned Rails programmers will kck away the last bits of the Ruby glass ceiling, and take their insight and skill to the next level.
David A Black is one of the leaders of the Ruby community. He has done Ruby programming and writing for over five years and has worked with Rails since 2004. He is the founding director of the non-profit organisation Ruby Central, Inc., which produces the annual International Ruby Conference (RubyConf). He is the chief author of Ruby's standard scanf library, the creator and maintainer of the Rails-based Ruby Change Request Archive (RCRchive), and the chief developer of the Rails applications behind the Ruby FAQ. He is a frequesnt participant on the ruby-talk mailing list and the #ruby-lang IRC channel (freenode.net).