Draft of O'Reilly's "Rails In A Nutshell" Free To Read Online
Rails In A Nutshell is a forthcoming book, to be published by O'Reilly, by Cody Fauser, James MacAulay, Edward Ocampo-Gooding and John Guenin. Like other titles in O'Reilly's "Nutshell" series, the book is designed to be a concise introduction to the topic with an overview of commands and configurations, and a look at parts of Rails you'd use every day as a Rails developer.
The print version of Rails In A Nutshell isn't due out till early 2010 but a focus on targeting Rails 3.0 is almost certainly to blame here. On the plus side, the book should be one of the most up to date Rails tomes once 3.0 eventually hits the streets in the next few months. Luckily, O'Reilly are doing "the right thing" and have wisely licensed the text with the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial license and released the work as it is so far through their O'Reilly Open Feedback Publishing System. What this means for you is that you can read it now - here!
As an intriguing aside, it looks like O'Reilly have had the book on the burner for some time now as three years ago they signed up Jeremy Voorhis to write it.