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Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce

From Novice to Professional

  • Authors


  • This book is a natural successor to the best-selling Pragmatic Programmer title Agile Web Development with Rails (097669400X), as that book only touches on the topic

  • If any web developer is considering building an e-commerce application, there’s absolutely no doubt that Ruby on Rails will be at the top of their list of technologies, and Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce is the only title that fulfills this need

  • Also covers other relevant and hot technologies, such as using AJAX for shopping cart systems, or interfacing with popular payment systems


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Pages 29-57
  3. Pages 113-139
  4. Pages 169-195
  5. Pages 197-221
  6. Pages 223-250
  7. Pages 327-350
  8. Pages 351-380
  9. Pages 381-401
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 403-424

About this book


Beginning Ruby on Rails E-Commerce: From Novice to Professional is the first book of its kind to guide you through producing e-commerce applications with Rails, the stacked web framework taking the world by storm. The book dives right into the process of creating a production-level web application using agile methodologies and test-driven development combined with Rails best practices. You'll take advantage of the latest crop of Rails plug-ins and helpers that will radically improve your programming schedule. You'll also create a real application step-by-step, plus the book is driven by real-world cases throughout.

You will begin by learning how to install Rails and quickly create a product catalog interfaced with your choice of database technologies. Then you'll discover how to build modern, Ajax-powered shopping carts and add useful features like customer feedback modules. Next you'll learn how to integrate your application with open source packages like the Ferret full-text search engine, and how to interface with back-end electronic payment systems. You'll also learn how to make your application work flawlessly with existing production systems using web services, and then ultimately deploy and tune your application for production use.


Open Source Open-Source Processing Ruby Ruby on Rails Web Services development language programming web applications

About the authors

Jarkko Laine is the owner and chief executive officer of O'Design, a Rails-based web design shop. He has been using Ruby on Rails since 2004 and has contributed patches to the core developer team, as well as contributing to several Rails plug-ins. He has provided Rails consultancy for a number of high-profile organizations, including a major mobile phone manufacturer, Starnet Systems, and Reforge Oy. He has also taught Rails at the university level and delivers lectures about Rails around the world. He lives in Tampere, Finland, with his girlfriend Maria and a growing list of pending household chores. For more information about the book, please visit

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