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It begins: Updating the Ruby on Rails Tutorial for Rails 5

May 18, 2016 • posted by Michael Hartl

Good news, everyone! I’ve just started updating the Ruby on Rails Tutorial for Rails 5. This new 4th edition of the Rails Tutorial will be fully compatible with the latest version of Rails while adding a large number of instructive new exercises (optimized for use with the Learn Enough answers UI​).

The final version of Rails 5 isn’t even out yet, so this is a chance to really be on the cutting edge.

Once the new edition is finished, I think it’ll be the absolute best resource for learning web development with Rails. It will also be fully integrated with Learn Enough to Be Dangerous and the Learn Enough Society.

The initial availability of new Ruby on Rails Tutorial chapters is exclusive to members of the Learn Enough Society. The free online version and ebook sales will launch for everyone once all 12 chapters are updated. My plan is to publish a couple of chapters a week until it’s finished.

Today I’m releasing drafts of Chapter 1: From zero to deploy and Chapter 2: A toy app. Learn Enough Society members can follow those links directly or go to learnenough.com/courses and scroll to the bottom of the page. Of course, joining the Learn Enough Society now gets you instant access.

After the book is finished, I’ll be updating and releasing the screencast videos as well, both for sale and for free to Learn Enough Society members.

The current update focuses on the core subject of web development, but I also plan to cover topics specific to Rails 5 (such as Action Cable and Rails API) in separate follow-on products.

This release is a major milestone for Ruby on Rails, and likewise for the Ruby on Rails Tutorial. Looking forward to seeing what you do with it!

P.S. You can get instant access to all Rails Tutorial updates by joining the Learn Enough Society now.

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.)