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The Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial screencast series

Oct 12, 2010 • posted by Michael Hartl

I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of the Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial screencast series! The series includes 12 individual videos totaling more than 15 hours, with one lesson for each chapter of the Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial book. The screencasts also contain dozens of tips and tricks to help you go beyond the book, including debugging hints, test-driven development techniques, and solutions to many of the book's exercises. You can find out more about the screencasts here:


I particularly recommend the PDF/screencast bundle, which I think is already a great value, and I'm happy to offer an additional 10% discount using the following code:


You should apply this discount code on the checkout page to get your 10% discount. The rtscreencasts code expires at the end of the month.

The Rails Tutorial screencasts, together with the Rails Tutorial book, represent the culmination of nearly a year of effort. I hope you have the chance to take a look at the screencasts; if you decide to buy the screencast series or the PDF/screencast bundle, don't forget to apply the code rtscreencasts on the checkout page to get your 10% discount. Most of all, if you do buy the screencasts, I hope you enjoy them!

P.S. Someone submitted the screencast announcement story to Hacker News before I had the chance. This is always a good sign, but unfortunately the title ("Rails tutorial screencasts") is rather generic and could apply to lots of other products. You can help spread the word about the Ruby on Rails 3 Tutorial screencast series by upvoting this story instead. Thanks!

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.)