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RailsSpace: Building a Social Networking Website with Ruby on Rails™ by Aurelius Prochazka, Michael Hartl

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Chapter 2. Getting started

It’s time to start building RailsSpace, a social networking website for Ruby on Rails enthusiasts (and whoever else shows up). Eventually, RailsSpace will have many of the features associated with popular social networks such as Facebook and MySpace, with searchable user profiles, an email system, and friends lists. The first part of the book lays a foundation by developing a system for registration, login, and authentication. This system is essential for our purposes, but it’s also needed for virtually any user-based web application. In the second part, we’ll build a social network on this foundation. Of course, in the process of making this specific type of application, we’ll develop many general techniques useful ...

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