Vince has a tutorial for getting started with Rails by writing a todo list application. It's a very nice step-by-step approach with screenshots and plenty of hand-holding. So if you're just starting out with or considering to give Rails a shot, it's an excellent companion to the video, reference documentation, and howtos.
Once you've gotten a hold on the basics in Rails, you'll want to move on to testing pretty quickly. Testing runs deep with the Rails from the automated testing files generated by both new_model and new_controller generators to the wide range of assertions available.
Steve Kellock explains all about it in Testing with Ruby on Rails. From unit to functional testing, from why to how. It's all there in his 30-paged PDF on the subject. Oh, and it includes a very nice reference documentation on all the assertions as well with all options explained. Awesome work.
the link "http://darkhost.mine.nu:81/" shows an error of connection refused. Just thought you you should know.
I think that must have been a short downtime. It seems to be back up now.
My server hasn't gone down in a few weeks now, do you have a firewall that blocks connections on port 81?
Thanks for the excellent tutorial. I am currently reading through the Ruby Book at http://phrogz.net/ProgrammingRuby/ then I was going to go into the rails docs... I don't know if I can wait! I might just jump in and develop something right away.
Thanks Vincent for such a great tutorial, and thanks David for the work you have done on rails. (ohh and basecamp too!)
Speaking of my website, would anyone be interested in mirroring my tutorial?
contact me on my_first_name@my_last_name.dk
Mirror up on http://mirror.monsson.dk/rails/tutorial.html
Thanks for this tutorial. Exactly what I needed!
Couldn't we get Steve Kellock to write some more documentation? I really like his style of writing. ;-)