Starting with Rails16 Jan 2015
I had been interested in doing more than just HTML and CSS for a while, and when I got an idea for a serious website I wanted to build, it seemed like the time was right.
Some time before, I had read about Ruby on Rails, and how it makes it easy to create a website from the ground up. I had just not gotten around to actually trying it out. I didn't really have a reason to, as I've been working on Windows based platforms my whole career.
I started reading a few simple guides, and took some online courses like Rails for Zombies and tryruby.org. Subscribed to /r/ruby and /r/rails. I read quite a lot of Why's Poignant Guide to Ruby, which both amused and annoyed me with it's quirkey sillyness.
Then when the book came, I read through it first, and then I started coding. That was a year ago. And suddenly I had functioning Rails code running on my computer. Now I have a real website running on a server, with a sign up form and simple functionality.
I'm pretty sure, that without Daniel's book. I would never have made it this far. Not only do I return to it regularly, to look up details, but it also taught me basic things about developing web sites that I didn't know, even after working with it for 15 years.