On 10/7/07, Eric H. <REMOVE-CAPSburnFORout / setmdaiiol.com> wrote:
> If anyone here is considering writing a book on Ruby or Rails I'd like
> to ask you to do one thing:
>
> Please, please, please do not do us the disservice of putting a
> chapter(or more) on how to install Ruby/Rails.
>
> Every single book I've read has devoted at least a chapter to installing
> it. Point the inexperienced reader to google or almost any other site on
> Ruby and let them learn there, please. At $40+ per book, I expect
> information that I will want to reference repeatedly instead of
> information that I will only use once, EVER, since installing isn't
> something you need help with doing on a day to day basis.
>
> I hate to gripe but as of today I'm at Ruby/Rails book number 7 and it
> has the exact same info all over again on installing. Enough is enough.
>
>

Funny you should mention that.  I'm actually working on a book
entitled "How to Install Ruby and Rails."  It goes through all the
steps, with detailed commentary (which other books lack).  I think
it'll be great for taking people from Ruby/Rails installation
journeymen to masters.

Pat