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Ruby on Rails Tutorial schedule

Dec 18, 2009 • posted by Michael Hartl

This is just a quick heads-up on the Ruby on Rails Tutorial schedule. I'm leaving tomorrow for a holiday trip to Very Far Away from Anywhere, Alaska, so writing progress will be slow until the new year. Once I get back, I should be able to move forward fairly quickly: Chapter 5 was getting too big, so I cleaved it neatly in two, and now I have a good start on both Chapters 5 and 6. I hope to release them in January, and then try to keep up a 1–2 chapter per month pace until the book is done. Of course, I'll announce the availability of each chapter as it's released, both here and on the Rails Tutorial Twitter account.

By the way, the feedback so far has been both encouraging and very helpful. Thanks to everyone who's take the time to write in!

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.)