Ruby Web Dev: The Other Way
Ruby Web Dev: The Other Way
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Ruby Web Dev: The Other Way

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Last updated on 2016-08-02

About the Book

This guide is born after a question “Could you write a list of all the things, that a good Ruby on Rails developer should know?”. I decided to expand it to the whole of Ruby web development and related “Full Stack” skills (but also limit it to “Web”, as it is not about Ruby in general).

It is inspired by “PHP The Right Way” guide. The format and advises. This guide also contains sections dedicated to very important aspects of web development, explanation (if needed) and the list of tutorial links.

Help is welcome! You can join, proofread the text and propose corrections here

About the Editor

Yevhen Kuzminov
Yevhen Kuzminov

I am a Web Development Team Leader at MobiDev. 10 years in the IT. During that time a participated in every development stage, from design, development, and testing to project management and team management - however, my greatest passion is still Web development.

Currently, I am trying to keep myself a full stack developer. Specialize in backend development with PHP and Ruby, as well as frontend JavaScript SPA. But also have strong practical knowledge in Linux system administration, automation, and server deployment.

In a free time I am writing an own technical blog (, contribute to Open Source, keep an eye on best practices of OOP, Domain-Driven Design, and functional programming languages (especially Elixir/Erlang).

Reader Testimonials

This is an AWESOME read that will blow your mind if the “Rails Way” was the only thing you knew. It is big article with a lot of references so you don’t need to check out every link in it, but reading the whole article will really help you out.

Table of Contents

  • Intro
    • Why not “Ruby On Rails” and not “The Right Way”?
    • Damaged ecosystem
    • Manifesto
    • You can help here
  • My Dream Stack
  • Ground knowledge
    • Web
    • Linux
    • IDE
  • Gems
  • Ruby on Rails
    • Confusing environments
    • You don’t need ActiveRecord for every kind of model
    • Before filter/action
    • HTML helpers. Decorators.
    • ActiveJob and business logic
  • Alternative frameworks
    • Full-featured
      • Hanami.rb
    • Specialized
      • Grape
    • Mini
  • Architecture
      • Trailblazer
      • ROM.rb (Ruby Object Mapper)
      • dry-rb
      • Rectify
      • Learn OOP design
  • Dependency Injection and IoC containers
  • The magical world of Metaprogramming
  • Mixin/Module include - it is not composition
  • Document your code
  • Debug
  • SQL
  • Tests
    • Unit tests
    • Test Behavior, not Configuration
    • Integration tests
    • Test data: Fixtures vs Factories
    • Stub external services call
    • Speed-up test
    • Learn Tests Design
  • Authentication & Authorization
  • Know your App Server!
  • Know your CLI!
  • Admin
  • Templates
  • Cache
    • Static content
    • Dynamic content
    • Nginx page microcache
    • Application level key-value cache
  • Fulltext search
  • Style guide and style checker
  • Frontend
    • HTML / CSS
    • JavaScript
      • jQuery
      • Debug JavaScript
      • Server-side rendered JS
      • Modern JavaScript
  • Performance
    • Benchmarks
  • Deployment and Server
      • VPS, Dedicated server
      • PaaS
      • CI
      • DevOps
      • Local development
      • Local tunnels. Exposing dev env in the Internet
      • Protect non-production servers with HTTP Auth
  • Web Application Security
  • Stay open-minded, stay hungry!
  • Community
  • Follow great Ruby developers
  • Books

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