As I mentioned earlier I will start writing some rails tutorials in my Post “Why Django is more attractive then Rails?“. So now I have created this separate rails tutorial section which will serve as a TOC for all my rails tutorial posts. I have decided to start with a simple todo app. One thing to note here is we will be using rails 2.1 (which is the latest version of rails), so I might also write how you can install rails 2.1 on your machine. Sorry for the confusion that I wrote in my earlier article that we will be using rails 2.0. But any how its rails 2.x which is very very different then rails 1.x, so I hope my effort will not be wasted and it will be of some benefit for some newbies converting to rails out there.
One more thing I am not a rails advocate or something, I am just a developer who wants to help newbies. The reason I am writing these rails tutorials is because there is a lot of information for django and other frame works but I think rails lack a simple introduction which can help a newbie understand rails better.
So, I am not sure right now how much articles I will be writing to complete the tutorial but we will go in steps, which means I am not going to write a long article at once. So stay tuned please I am almost finished with my first post and it will be here soon.
One of my friends was introduced to rails when the version 2.0 was already out. He tried to learn rails for months on his own but couldn’t succeed. Recently he contacted me and asked if I have books, materials or may be links to some good books/tutorials for learning rails 2.0. And to my surprise there is not enough material available for a newbie to learn rails 2.0 which is totally different then the older 1.x version.
The whole internet and even the rails site points to old materials and this is quite confusing for newbies. My that friend has already been turned to Django for professional development but he still wants to learn Ruby on Rails. The books like “Agile Web Development With Rails” is still to come out for Rails 2.0.
So, now to give something back to the community I have decided to write a through more then a “Hello Wolrd” tutorial for rails 2.0 so newbies don’t waste their precious time just looking for the information which is almost now obsolete. I said obsolete because Rails 2.0 has been changed alot, although the old programmers don’t notice it much because of their prior experience of the language. But for new comers its confusing when scaffolds don’t work for them or they get confused when they see the config/routes.rb which has new majic of map.resource covering everything.
So, hopefully I will be able to solve all these mysteries here. Also if you have written something for Rails 2.0 you can post the link in comments and later I will create a separate post that will points to all the external collections.