Top Ruby on Rails Tutorials

A former student asked me a few days ago how I learned Ruby on Rails. The answer was that I simply read a lot of great tutorials. So in the spirit of sharing, here is the tutorial I found most useful:

Intro to Ruby on Rails – Scott Chow offers his excellent introduction to Ruby on Rails. This is the article that got me really excited about RoR.

Hey, Ruby on Rails Fans!

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Happy Rails developing and if you have any other tutorials that you’d like to share, please leave them in the comments!

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  2. I am the author of the Todo List tutorial, and I just want to warn everyone that it is quite old, it was written for Rails 0.9, and many people are having problems with it. Since I don’t feel like updating it, I strongly recommend looking at other tutorials before jumping into mine.

  3. I found your website off of as it was the most popular one there so decided to have a look. These tutorials will be useful to me.

    Will be nice to check out these tutorials.

  4. This isn’t really a tutorial but its a site built w/ Ruby on rails. It seems more involved than most other Ruby on Rails-built sites out there today.

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  9. Great article though there is spelling error ‘alot’ is two words like, a lot.

    It’s a very common error thought you might want to know since you are ranked high on google lots of people reading it and all.

    Thanks for the compiled data here !

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  14. Really its the best site for tutorials on ruby.i have done some sample applications following the links given in top
    12. i would like to mention about the generators that are present which can be useful to add logic to application ragarding login and search.

  15. I’ve heard about Ruby on Rails but not sure what it is, so I searched. Thanks for the list of tutorials. Great resource for beginners like me.


  16. The Onlamp ‘Curtis Hibbs’ article is total rubbish. Even I could tell ‘tho I was a rails newbie. It casts doubt on all your subsequent choices. Now that you are, presumably, quite advanced in Rails go back to that article and the trouble should be quite visible.

  17. It is very important for readers of this page to realize most of the tutorials linked to above are VERY old. Early 2005 in cases. Rails has changed a great deal since then and some of the advice given, while good at the time, is now significantly dated, or just plain wrong.

  18. Rails tutorials don’t work! Forget about them, i’ve tried at least 3. At best they give an insight on what this thing can do. I you are serious about it, buy the book instead. Read my blog for more info.

  19. I have an amazing web 2.0 business idea for which I need someone who is very proficient with ruby on rails. It would be benificial if you are located in either California, Boston, New Jersey, or New York. If your personality fits and your programming skills are solid then I will bring you on our team. Cheers, -Eric

  20. All the ruby on rails for apache docs are old or otherwise wrong. who knows.. and no one the fucking list can provide a straight answer for setting list up correctly under linux. It isnt rocket science.. why are they so apprehensive about releasing documentation that is available to the public?

    and whoever used the phrase “web 2.0” get a clue.. web 2.0 is imaginary bullshit buzz word that means nothing..

  21. Hey Jim, just wanted to thank you for this excellent references. I am using this as my blueprint to get started with Rails; bookmarked on my toolbar and eVerything =]

  22. Hi,
    Been looking into Ruby on Rails and have read quite a few articles ,looking into trying it for my website good will keep you all informed.

  23. This is a step-by-step walkthrough of David Heinemeier Hansson’s original demo of Rails at the FISL conference in Brazil, 2005. As far as i’ve seen this only exists in movie form, and as i’m a ruby/rails noob myself i found it very educational to pick it apart line by line, step by step, and analyse what’s going on.

  24. This tutorial is very helpfull. I got interested with RoR after reading the contents.

  25. Yes it use to be useful back in 2006. With all the upgrades these applications don’t work. The tutorials are almost useless. You can still learn but you get stuck and then I get pissed.

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