There are other sources for Rails tutorials, but I can't resist the temptation to provide one here for you. It will be brief and very gentle on you—just enough to get your feet wet. Don't think too hard; just follow the step-by-step instructions and let the process sink in. I'll provide some tips along the way.
I'll use Rails to create a simple address book on Mac OS X; Unix/Linux will be very similar, but you will have to translate the steps a little if you are on Windows. These instructions assume that Rails and MySQL are already installed. If you used the HiveLogic or Instant Rails instructions under "Other Installation Information," you should be set to go.
In a shell window, move to your home directory, and just for sanity, test the existence
of Rails and MySQL. Then create a directory where you will generate the Rails project
address), and change directories to that new
$ cd ~/ $ rails --version Rails 1.2.3 $ mysql --version mysql Ver 14.12 Distrib 5.0.27, for apple-darwin8.6.0 (powerpc) using readline 5.0 $ mkdir address $ cd address
So far so good? Now run the
rails command with the
addressbook, and Rails creates a number of
directories and files.
$ rails addressbook create create app/controllers create app/helpers create app/models create app/views/layouts create config/environments create components create db create doc create lib ...
At this point you have a Rails application in skeletal form. In a matter of seconds, Rails has done an unbelievable ...