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Ruby on Rails Tutorial screencasts, 2nd Edition

Jun 5, 2012 • posted by Michael Hartl

I'm pleased to announce the official release of the 2nd Edition of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial screencasts. Use the coupon code 2ndEd to get 20% off through June 28.

Based on the Ruby on Rails Tutorial book, the Rails Tutorial screencasts include more than 15 hours of hands-on instruction that take you through the development of a full, industrial-strength web application with Ruby on Rails.

New in the 2nd Edition

  • Fully updated for Rails 3.2 and Ruby 1.9
  • All-new design using Twitter's Bootstrap
  • Coverage of the new asset pipeline, including Sprockets & Sass
  • Behavior-driven development (BDD) with Capybara & RSpec
  • Better automated testing with Guard & Spork
  • Roll your own authentication with has_secure_password
  • An introduction to Gherkin & Cucumber

The 2nd edition includes some free screencasts, and the full series is available for purchase here:


The purchase price is $125 for the full PDF/screencast bundle, but (as noted above) you can use the coupon code 2ndEd to get 20% off through June 28.

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.)