An Essential Rails success story (and win a free book)

Dan Woolley writes:

I took your course in Chicago a couple of years ago – I think it was your first one. I finally left my comfy corporate job and went full time on Rails in July 2008. I recently released my first Rails app – Dwellicious (http://dwellicious.com). That is our free site for consumers that helps you organize, share, and discuss the search for homes for sale on the internet.

Congrats, Dan. Dwellicious is beautifully designed, well executed, and yes, has a real business model.

Are you a .NET developer who’s turned to Rails? What’s your success story? Link it up in the comments or e-mail us. We’ll take the best ones, post them here, and send you a free copy of Rails for .NET Developers.

An Essential Rails success story (and win a free book)

        <a href="http://tzetzefly.com/">Dan Woolley</a> writes:

I took your course in Chicago a couple of years ago – I think it was your first one. I finally left my comfy corporate job and went full time on Rails in July 2008. I recently released my first Rails app – Dwellicious (http://dwellicious.com). That is our free site for consumers that helps you organize, share, and discuss the search for homes for sale on the internet.

Congrats, Dan. Dwellicious is beautifully designed, well executed, and yes, has a real business model.

Are you a .NET developer who’s turned to Rails? What’s your success story? Link it up in the comments or e-mail us. We’ll take the best ones, post them here, and send you a free copy of Rails for .NET Developers.

Interviewed on InfoQ

We were recently interviewed by Rob Bazinet over at InfoQ about our book and how we got started with our careers working with Rails.

I was learning Rails and using it for side-projects while working at my 9-to-5 .NET job for almost 2 years. I was shocked at how much of an immediate impact it had on how I thought about my .NET code. It definitely made me a better developer, and that in itself is reason enough to learn Ruby. Plus, as techies, we’re easily distracted by new, shiny things.

Also included is a complete sample chapter from our book (Chapter 2: Switching to Ruby), exclusive to InfoQ. Thanks to Rob for the interview and for posting it.

Rails for .NET Developers now shipping + Pragmatic Podcast

We’re happy to announce that our book, Rails for .NET Developers, is now shipping! You can pick it up today in plain ol’ paper, PDF, or a combo. We hope you enjoy it as much we enjoyed writing it.

Jeff and I are also featured in today’s Pragmatic Podcast… thanks to Susannah Pfalzer for the interview.