We’ve just released another Rails
beta. This release features contributions from three of the
incredibly talented Rails core team
: Rick Olson (congrats,
Rick!), Jamis Buck, and Marcel Molina, Jr.. These guys are not
only gifted programmers but gifted writers and teachers as well.

It’s exciting to watch the framework evolve, and writing this book
has given me a chance to witness and document the bleeding edge as it
happens. As a result, I’ve been able to cover a lot of the features
in the upcoming Rails 1.1 release, for which there really is no other
source of documentation right now.

The forum we opened
last week
has been a wonderful source of ideas and inspiration. Thanks
a ton to everyone who has signed up and contributed. Specifically
notable are the two recipes created by

Mike Blake posted a really
useful recipe
on backing up your data using Rake and ActiveRecord fixtures.

Frederick Ros then followed up
with an excellent
on using ActiveRecord with legacy databases that have their
own conventions.

As authors for the Ruby community, we’re blessed with a
super-intelligent audience for our books. No doubt that readers are
learning from Rails
, but Rails Recipes is also learning from its readers.

and Dave and Andy for
cleaning house on the 16th
Annual Jolt Awards
. The Jolt Awards are kind of like the Grammys or the
Oscars of our industry. Dave and Andy won
once before
. Pretty amazing for a young publishing house to win twice
in three years!