The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Ruby On Rails Galaxy

Records of my voyage through RoR Galaxy

Some practical steps and links which are helpful while programming in wonderful tech called RoR…or at least it helped me

Posted by arjunghosh on May 11, 2007

[Also this place is not a Tutorial nor does it claim to teach RoR here. So don’t be disappointed by it. It just gives leg up for the RoR programmers who have found this new exciting thing and are having a blast exploring and sharing their experiences of the travel in RoR space with others here…;-)]

  • Firstly, two fabulous Help websites for Ruby and Rails respectively are:-
  1. Ruby Help Docs
  2. Rails API
  • A quick Ruby Reference Cheat Sheet…found both helpful :-
  1. Ruby Quick Ref
  2. Ruby Syntax
  • You will be doing lots and lots of documentation..fear not, RDoc is here…
  1. RDoc
  • One thing for which i burnt midnight oil…but finally did it, is…Multiple File Upload. The Two most helpful sites i found are:-

[NOTE: Multiple File upload can be implemented using various method, all with there different pros and cons. I implemented it using attachment_fu method. Do try the others]

  1. This help to understand file upload using attachment_fu. This site by Mike has wonderful explanation of this implementation.
  2. This helps to implement the above for multiple file upload. This guys explains the multiple upload in a nice manner.
  • Another place for help with Rails is:-
  1. Rails Wiki
  • Two more things which you probably will be using a lot for managing Projects in your company are:-
  1. Putty for Remote Server access
  2. Putty Information
  3. Tortoise SVN for Project Management
  4. Tortoise SVN Information
  • One more good thing i found on my journey through the RoR space is that i met some awesomely helpful people. This is one one the best thing about RoR is that it has lot of community support and guys take help from them. At first you might feel intimidated but that will pass. After that its a breeze. Join any of theses groups and believe me you will get lot of help. My suggestion is to join the General group first.
  • Last but not the least… and recently as my mentor,my boss and (i hope) my friend a.k.a Greg said – “Code not just Read” meaning that for most newbie, the terrifying thing is to start coding…so newbie keep on on and on reading stuff about RoR but forget the actual thing – to code (believe me i have been in that predicament). So my advise (practical one 😉 ) is read some, not much (and this blog can be that starting point) but start coding (and if IDE for ruby is an excuse…try using Scite…atleast i found it good and for Rails try using EasyEclipse) as soon as u can. There is no better method to learn that actual hand on, down and dirty CODING. So happy coding in RoR and travel trough the RoR galaxy and until my next Hitchhike…ciao

4 Responses to “Some practical steps and links which are helpful while programming in wonderful tech called RoR…or at least it helped me”

  1. ranvir said

    arjun, glad to see the new blog. i’m excited to read and follow it. subscribing right now.

  2. hemant sonker said

    nice article dude.keep it up…

  3. Antonios said


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