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Adding mockups (and a hippo) to the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book

May 15, 2010 • posted by Michael Hartl

I've added a bunch of mockups (made using the excellent Mockingbird wireframing application) to Chapters 5–11 of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book. As with real-life mockups, the book mockups help motivate the HTML interface by giving a preview of what is to come. They also serve as a gentler introduction to some of the more test-heavy sections of the book. Plus, they gave me a chance to include pictures of a hippo and a shark in the tutorial, among other things, and it's hard to argue with that. Check them out when you get the chance!

Michael Hartl

I’m Michael Hartl—author, educator, and entrepreneur. I’m probably best known as the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, a book and screencast series that together constitute one of the leading introductions to web development. Once called his “favorite book” by Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, the Ruby on Rails Tutorial currently has over 150 5-star reviews at Amazon. I’m also (in)famous for creating Tau Day and The Tau Manifesto, which have inspired an international movement dedicated to the proposition that “pi is wrong.” (For example, as a result of The Tau Manifesto, MIT releases their admissions decisions each year at “Tau Time” (6:28 p.m.), and typing tau/2 at Google yields 3.14159…) Finally, I’m a founder of Softcover, a publishing system and sales platform for technical authors, which among other things powers both The Tau Manifesto and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial.

I’m a graduate of Harvard College and have a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, where I studied black hole dynamics and was an award-winning instructor in theoretical and computational physics. I’m also an alumnus of Y Combinator, the entrepreneur program that has produced companies such as Dropbox and Airbnb. (Alas, my own Y Combinator startup was neither Dropbox nor Airbnb.)