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  • A thorough introduction to web development with Ruby on Rails 
  • By widely respected Rails expert Michael Hartl, creator of RailsSpace and the Rails-based Inoshi social networking platform
  • Dramatically lowers the barrier to getting started with Rails
  • Fully updated for Rails 4.1 and Ruby 2.1


  • Copyright 2015
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 736
  • Edition: 3rd
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  • ISBN-10: 0-13-407770-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-407770-3

Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial by Michael Hartl has become a must-read for developers learning how to build Rails apps.”

—Peter Cooper, Editor of Ruby Inside

Used by sites as diverse as Twitter, GitHub, Disney, and the Yellow Pages, Ruby on Rails is one of the most popular frameworks for developing web applications, but it can be challenging to learn and use. Whether you’re new to web development or new only to Rails, Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial, Third Edition, is the solution.

Best-selling author and leading Rails developer Michael Hartl teaches Rails by guiding you through the development of three example applications of increasing sophistication, focusing on the fundamental techniques in web development needed for virtually any kind of application. The updates to this edition include simplified installation via a standard development environment in the cloud, use of the default Rails stack throughout, a light-weight testing approach, an all-new section on image upload, and an all-new chapter on account activation and password resets, including sending email with Rails.

This indispensable guide provides integrated tutorials not only for Rails, but also for the essential Ruby, HTML, CSS, and SQL skills you’ll need when developing web applications. Hartl explains how each new technique solves a real-world problem, and then he demonstrates it with bite-sized code that’s simple enough to understand, yet novel enough to be useful. Whatever your previous web development experience, this book will guide you to true Rails mastery.

This book will help you

  • Install and set up your Rails development environment, including a pre-installed integrated development environment (IDE) in the cloud
  • Go beyond generated code to truly understand how to build Rails applications from scratch
  • Learn testing and test-driven development (TDD)
  • Effectively use the Model-View-Controller (MVC) pattern
  • Structure applications using the REST architecture
  • Build static pages and transform them into dynamic ones
  • Master the Ruby programming skills all Rails developers need
  • Create high-quality site layouts and data models
  • Implement registration and authentication systems, including validation and secure passwords
  • Update, display, and delete users
  • Upload images in production using a cloud storage service
  • Implement account activation and password reset, including sending email with Rails
  • Add social features and microblogging, including an introduction to Ajax
  • Record version changes with Git and create a secure remote repository at Bitbucket
  • Deploy your applications early and often with Heroku


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Ruby on Rails Tutorial: A Toy App

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Table of Contents

Foreword to the First Edition by Derek Sivers xvii

Foreword to the Third Edition by Obie Fernandez xix

Acknowledgments xxi

About the Author xxiii


Chapter 1: From Zero to Deploy 1

1.1 Introduction 4

1.2 Up and Running 8

1.3 The First Application 12

1.4 Version Control with Git 29

1.5 Deploying 41

1.6 Conclusion 47

1.7 Exercises 48

Chapter 2: A Toy App 51

2.1 Planning the Application 52

2.2 The Users Resource 55

2.3 The Microposts Resource 71

2.4 Conclusion 82

2.5 Exercises 84

Chapter 3: Mostly Static Pages 87

3.1 Sample App Setup 87

3.2 Static Pages 91

3.3 Getting Started with Testing 101

3.4 Slightly Dynamic Pages 111

3.5 Conclusion 124

3.6 Exercises 125

3.7 Advanced Testing Setup 127

Chapter 4: Rails-Flavored Ruby 137

4.1 Motivation 137

4.2 Strings and Methods 142

4.3 Other Data Structures 152

4.4 Ruby Classes 164

4.5 Conclusion 175

4.6 Exercises 176

Chapter 5: Filling in the Layout 179

5.1 Adding Some Structure 179

5.2 Sass and the Asset Pipeline 200

5.3 Layout Links 210

5.4 User Sign-up: A First Step 219

5.5 Conclusion 223

5.6 Exercises 225

Chapter 6: Modeling Users 227

6.1 User Model 228

6.2 User Validations 241

6.3 Adding a Secure Password 261

6.4 Conclusion 269

6.5 Exercises 271

Chapter 7: Sign Up 275

7.1 Showing Users 275

7.2 Sign-up Form 293

7.3 Unsuccessful Sign-ups 302

7.4 Successful Sign-ups 316

7.5 Professional-Grade Deployment 326

7.6 Conclusion 330

7.7 Exercises 331

Chapter 8: Log In, Log Out 335

8.1 Sessions 336

8.2 Logging In 351

8.3 Logging Out 368

8.4 Remember Me 371

8.5 Conclusion 404

8.6 Exercises 406

Chapter 9: Updating, Showing, and Deleting Users 411

9.1 Updating Users 411

9.2 Authorization 424

9.3 Showing All Users 440

9.4 Deleting Users 456

9.5 Conclusion 466

9.6 Exercises 468

Chapter 10: Account Activation and Password Reset 471

10.1 Account Activation 471

10.2 Password Reset 506

10.3 Email in Production 532

10.4 Conclusion 534

10.5 Exercises 536

10.6 Proof of Expiration Comparison 539

Chapter 11: User Microposts 541

11.1 A Micropost Model 541

11.2 Showing Microposts 555

11.3 Manipulating Microposts 568

11.4 Micropost Images 593

11.5 Conclusion 606

11.6 Exercises 609

Chapter 12: Following Users 613

12.1 The Relationship Model 614

12.2 A Web Interface for Following Users 630

12.3 The Status Feed 661

12.4 Conclusion 671

12.5 Exercises 673

Index 675


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