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Rails Tutorial book upgraded to Rails 3.0.3 and RSpec 2.1.0

Nov 24, 2010 • posted by Michael Hartl

I've updated the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book to use the latest versions of Rails and RSpec—3.0.3 and 2.1.0, respectively. These are minor updates,* so there's no rush to upgrade if you don't want to, but I love keeping the book fully up-to-date. (If you do upgrade your system, make sure all your application test suites are still green. In particular, the book's sample application test suite should still pass.) Because of the minor nature of the changes, all the material in the Ruby on Rails Tutorial screencast series is still current as well.

*Actually, Rails 3.0.3 contains some important performance improvements via a major refactoring of the ARel SQL relational algebra library. The public API, on the other hand, is essentially unchanged, so most Rails developers will hardly notice any difference.

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.)