Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Rails for Java Developers- beta book

I just started reading the early beta of Rails for Java Developers. It's a new book published by the Pragmatic Programmers and written by the Relevance guys- Stu and Justin. Perhaps the most shocking thing is that they have time to write a book. I have been lightly involved in the review process for O'Reilly's upcoming "Rails Cookbook", currently available as a Rough Cut. It's a lot of work to stay current with a moving target and make sure all of the code works.

As far as the book goes, I think it really is going to fill a gap in terms of being a reference for people that know how to do something in Java, and want to know what the equivalent thing is in Ruby on Rails. It's like those options in a new version of a product to see the menus for the prior version, so that you know where to find things. Of course, I haven't tried much in the book yet, so I can't speak to it's quality, but I like the tone and the approach so far. It appears to be just over half way to their 300 page target, so, there's a lot to do before Nov.


Milhouse said...

Have you finished the book yet? Any comments. I'm waiting for a table of contents, sample chapter to drop before buying.

Matt M said...

I made it through most of the chapters. It's a solid book. If you want someone to lead you through building a Rails application, in the context of building a Struts application, it's a good book to read. If you are a Struts developer, you need to read this book so you can stop the madness.

If you already know a lot about Rails and Ruby, there are some well done tidbits in there, but probably not the right book to read. Rails Cookbook, Rails Recipes, etc give you more details on the Rails Way.