To be honest, I’m still not a huge fan of Rails. Personal preference, of course. I’ve tried several online tutorials and getting started guides and conceptually it just seemed convoluted to me. Then I got a hold of this book. While i’m still not ruby’s greatest fan, the authors did a great job of presenting the content in short, precise chapters. Each chapter had a critical point to teach, and taught it well and in a minimal amount of pages as to keep from sliding off topic.
Aside from personal opinions, this was a great book. The content was excellent and it was presented very well. Rails presents a different development mindset that’s far off base from my C-type induced language background. The author lets you know this up front, and tells you that this is how it is and not to fight Rails. The only complaint I have on this book is the last half of the book hasn’t been updated for Rails 3. With this being the early release, I look forward to O’Reilly updating the book and providing that update.