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Rails Writ Large

01 Jun 2006

I’m proud to have an article published in the July issue of Linux Journal, entitled “Rails Writ Large”. The editors at LJ asked me to summarize the new additions to Rails in 1.1. Of course, there was so much new that I couldn’t possibly mention everything in the space available, but I hit the highlights. I was also able to include a quick overview of Rails for newcomers—and hopefully just enough sample code to entice them to dig deeper.

And speaking of digging deeper, the mini-bio at the end of the article reveals something I’ve been keeping quiet: I am writing a book for O’Reilly on creating Ajax-powered applications with Rails, to be available later this year. If you have started using Rails or are considering it for Ajax development, this book will have you covered from every angle—from the nuts and bolts of XMLHttpRequest, through Prototype, Scriptaculous, and RJS, and up to the higher-level issues of testing, design, and usability. It’s been a challenging and rewarding project so far, and I’m really looking forward to sharing the result with the world.

But more on that in the future. For now, if you want to start your collection of the complete works of Scott Raymond, head to your local purveyor of fine magazines and look for DHH’s mug.