Sell it to me! (A rails novice with the 2nd edition already, thinking of getting the 3rd ed beta in .pdf to get working with right away)
Here’s two particular questions, but any info and general enthusiasm is welcome:-
1) Is the main example still Depot? If so, are there any changes to it other than the neccessary changes for Rails 2? And any plans for additions?
2) Is this issue addressed at all: One problem I and a lot of understandably forum-shy people had with the 2nd edition was, some parts don’t quite contain all the information you need if you don’t have a solid background in programming.
About half of the book is perfect and paced exactly right, even for people like me for whom Rails is our first attempt at anything like real programming. But, about half has gaps that are presumbly obvious and second nature to programmers, and not too hard for the rest of us to grasp even with a half-sentence explanation in context, but almost impossible if those half sentences aren’t there.
It’s hard for me to give examples, but I think most of the places I tripped up were with those aspects of Ruby that ARE like java, php etc (rather than aspects of ruby that aren’t, which are all explained perfectly). Is this addressed at all in the 3rd edition? Are there any (non-lazy) non-programmers involved in giving feedback?