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Links for section headings

Jan 27, 2010 • posted by Michael Hartl

Encouraged by some helpful user feedback, I've modified the HTML version of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book to make links out of the section headings. This way, if you want to share a link to, say, Section 2.1, you can just right-click on the heading and select "Copy Link Location" to copy the URL into your clipboard buffer. (You could share section links before, but you had to navigate up to the Table of Contents and use the link there, which is inconvenient.) I hope this makes it easier to share and to link to any sections of the book you find particularly useful.

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.)