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Rails Book List

Last updated on: 2022-09-15

A list of Rails books and their applications. Free books are tagged with (F)

Learning Rails

Your first steps into Rails


The definitive introductory text to Rails walking through everything from first steps to authentication systems based on the former Rails in Action series

The Rails Tutorial (F)

A free online tutorial guiding through the basics of Rails

Agile Web Development with Rails 7

Introduces Ruby, and goes all the way through building a store system in great detail. Good for going from zero knowledge to a functional application.

Advanced Rails

More advanced books targeted at building your skills in Rails

The Rails 7 Way

The definitive Rails tome covering concepts in more detail than the introductory books.

Multitenancy with Rails

Add multi-tenancy features to an existing application.

Modern Front-End Development for Rails

Covering more modern Rails-based frontend technologies like Hotwire, Stimulus, and Turbo. Includes content on React and some other Javascript libraries as well.

The Complete Guide to Rails Performance

Walks you through numerous ways to monitor and improve the performance of your Rails applications.


Books covering testing rails

Rails 5 Test Prescriptions

Walk through the basics of Rails testing for various parts of the framework with best practices. While this is a bit out of date most Rails 5 tech should work in Rails 7.

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