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Ruby on Rails resources

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Rails 3.0 Release Notes – RailsGuides is an invaluable resource for all Ruby on Rails developers. The Rails 3 release notes provides a great overview the api changes and new features added to the framework. – Find out if your plugins work in Rails 3.

Having Ruby on Rails 3 My Way – A tutorial on how to setup Rails 3 with Mongoid, Haml, jQuery, and RSpec with Factory Girl.

The Rails Module – Nick Quaranto outlines some helpful methods in the Rails module.

Rails 3 I18n changes – A quick walkthrough the changes made to I18n.

Ruby on Rails 3 Screencast series – The official Ruby on Rails site screencast series by Gregg Pollack.

ActionController / Rack

Embracing REST with mind, body and soul – José Valim introduces RESTful responders within Rails 3 controllers.

Railscasts #224 Controllers in Rails 3 – Ryan shows us what’s new with Rails 3 controllers.

Render Options in Rails 3 – Yehuda goes through the rendering options available in Rails 3.

Adding Routes for tests / specs with Rails 3 – Jeff Dean outlines how to verify routes in our specs.

32 Rack Resources to Get You Started – A great collection of links to get you familiar with rack.


New ActionMailer API in Rails 3.0 – Mikel Lindsaar demonstrates how to use the new ActionMailer.

A Whole New ActionMailer – Mikel Lindsaar’s Rails Dispatch post giving a tour of the ActionMailer features.


ActiveModel: Make Any Ruby Object Feel Like ActiveRecord – Yehuda writes about the modularity of ActiveModel.

Railscasts #219 Active Model – See how to include certain ActiveModel modules to tableless models.

ActiveRelation: ActiveRecord Gets a Facelift – Carl Lerche introduces the new ActiveRecord finder api.

Active Record Query Interface – Pratik gives an overview of the changes made to the ActiveRecord query interface since Rails 2.

Bundler -The official project site for Bundler that includes extensive documentation.

Library Management Gets an Update in Rails 3 – Andre Arko gives an overview about bundler for the Rails Dispatch blog.

Railscasts #201 Bundler – A Railscasts by Ryan Bates demonstrating how to use bundler with Rails 3. screencast on Bundler – Our very first screencast from last February.


Rails 3 Internals: Railtie & Creating Plugins – Ilya Grigorik goes over Railties in Rails 3.

rails-templater – A template project which generates a greenfield Rails 3 application.

Making generators for Rails 3 with Thor – A tutorial showing you how to use the new generators and how to bundle them in a gem.


The Lowdown on Routes in Rails 3 – Rizwan Reza gives us a great summary of all the different ways to create routes in Rails 3.

Rails Routing from the Outside In – RailsGuide documentation about the new router.


Plugin Authors: Toward a Better Future – Yehuda goes through the changes for making plugins in Rails 3.

Customizing Rails Apps with Plugins – José Valim gives an overview of using responders, simple form, devise, and mail form plugins.

Devise 1.1 is out and ready to rock with Rails 3 – Outlines some new feature in Devise 1.1 including being able to authenticate a given url in the router!


Beginning Rails 3 – Cloves Carneiro Jr and Rida Al Barazi bring us a great beginner Rails 3 book with examples viewable in gists.

The Rails 3 Way – The ultimate Ruby on Rails reference by Obie Fernandez.

Rails 3 In Action – Ryan Bigg and Yehuda Katz deliver a great Rails book which teaches readers Rails by doing BDDwith Cucumber and RSpec.

Rails 3 Upgrade Handbook – Jeremy McAnally’s book gives you 120 pages of information about upgrading your Rails 2 application to version 3.

Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Rails by Example – Michael Hartl’s ebook that teaches Rails step by step.

Open book –

30 Free Programming eBooks

Source :

How to Design Programs
Interpreting Lisp (PDF, suggested by Gary Knott)
Let Over Lambda
On Lisp
Practical Common Lisp
Programming in Emacs Lisp
Programming Languages. Application and Interpretation (suggested by Alex Ott)
Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs
Teach Yourself Scheme in Fixnum Days
Visual LISP Developer’s Bible (suggested by “skatterbrainz”)

Clever Algorithms (suggested by Tales Arvelos)
Data Structures and Algorithms with Object-Oriented Design Patterns in Ruby
Learn Ruby the Hard Way
Learn to Program
MacRuby: The Definitive Guide
Mr. Neighborly’s Humble Little Ruby Book (suggested by tundal45)
Programming Ruby
Read Ruby 1.9
Ruby Best Practices
Ruby on Rails Tutorial Book (suggested by tundal45)

Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
Eloquent Javascript
jQuery Fundamentals
Mastering Node

Implementing functional languages: a tutorial
Learn You a Haskell for Great Good
Real World Haskell
The Haskell Road to Logic, Maths and Programming

Concurrent Programming in Erlang
Learn You Some Erlang for Great Good

Beginning Perl
Higher-Order Perl
Impatient Perl
Modern Perl (suggested by Gregory Brown)

Dive into Python
How to Think Like a Computer Scientist – Learning with Python
Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python (suggested by D)
Learn Python The Hard Way (suggested by Stephen Wyatt Bush)

Dynamic Web Development with Seaside
Pharo by Example (based on the next book in this list, suggested by Anonymous)
Squeak by Example

The Art of Assembly Language
Building Accessible Websites (suggested by Joe Clark)
The C Book
C# Yellow Book (suggested by Joe Wyatt)
Compiler Construction
Dive Into HTML 5 (suggested by @til)
The Implementation of Functional Programming Languages (suggested by “Def”)
An Introduction to R
Learn Prolog Now!
Learning Go
Objective-C 2.0 Essentials
Parsing Techniques (suggested by IronScheme)
Programming Scala
Smooth CoffeeScript
Type Theory and Functional Programming

Of course there are many more free programming eBooks, but this list consists of the ones I read or want(ed) to read. This is far from comprehensive and languages that are completely missing are mostly left out on purpose (e.g. PHP, C++, Java). I’m sure somebody else made a list for them somewhere.


Another useful resource from my side

Ruby Helpful Resources

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