Ruby on Rails Chapter 1: From Zero to Deploy

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From this point on in this Ruby on Rails Custom CMS series I will be dividing up my blogs on a chapter-by-chapter basis.

Unfortunately, that means this one is going to be brief. I had already previously installed and configured Ruby, Rails, Ruby Version Manager, Homebrew and the majority of the other components that the majority of this chapter focuses on.

One thing I would suggest before you dive into this chapter is to sign up for free accounts at GitHub, which is used for version control and Heroku which is a Ruby application hosting service. Also, if you are planning on developing on a Mac install at a minimum XCode’s command line tools, if not the entire IDE. Signing up and installing these tools first will allow to go straight through the tutorial without having to stop and take care of these steps.

As I stated earlier I had already installed and configured my RoR setup before completing this chapter so it all went rather smoothly for me. The one thing that I did run across in this chapter was I did have to precompile my visual elements. This is covered in the chapter as something that is somewhat common as far as an additional step.

If you run across problems and can’t get them solved feel free to post them in the comments and I’ll try to help you out.

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