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Miscellaneous fixes

May 11, 2010 • posted by Michael Hartl

I've pushed out an updated version of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book with lots of miscellaneous fixes, mostly due to reader feedback (which continues to be incredibly helpful). Be sure to reload the pages (and optionally download the PDF after clearing your browser cache) to get the freshest version.

By the way, I usually deploy a new version of the tutorial several times a week, and sometimes several times a day, so the above procedure is probably a good habit to get into. (A little late to tell you, I know. :-) I've added a note to the sidebar of each page (e.g., here) to make it easier to tell when the tutorial was last updated.

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.)