30 Nov 2011, 22:48
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Bharat Ruparel (146 posts)

The book is looking very good. It would be nice if you would use Rails Server instead of QEDServer? After all, you do have an appendix devoted to installing Ruby. A Rails centric web development recipes book focused on views part would have a bigger audience than a watered down “generic” web development recipes book in my opinion. Bharat

02 Dec 2011, 14:20
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Brian P. Hogan (140 posts)

@Bharat,

Thanks for your comments. But we felt that tying the book to Rails would shrink the audience size, given that there are far more web developers than Rails developers out there. A PHP developer wanting to learn how Knockout or Backbone works would be much less likely to pick this up if this was called “Rails Web Development Recipes”. And there’s nothing in here a Rails developer couldn’t use, so I don’t think that it’s more watered down, even if it is more generally applicable.

QEDServer is a Sinatra and ActiveRecord application anyway. We just packaged the application up using jRuby so we could get around having to explain how to install Rails, load up the app, seed it with data, etc on multiple servers.

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