Get More Done with Rails

How much time are you wasting every day on small repetitive tasks?

Efficient Rails gives you actionable upgrades to your workflow you can put into practice right now.

Learn all the best shortcuts and tools for crafting elegant Rails apps. Whether you're just learning Rails or have been using it for years, Efficient Rails will save you time and make you a happier developer.

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What's Inside?

100+ Workflow Upgrades.
Each can be learned in as little as 5 minutes, but will save you hours over time

Rails Recipes

Learn novel solutions to common problems in Rails apps. From the database to the view and everything in between.

Streamline Your Frontend

Learn best practices for building out the frontend of your Rails application. We'll cover technologies like Sass, jQuery, Turbolinks and even React.

Upgrade Your Terminal

As a Rails developer, you'll be spending lots of time in the terminal. Make sure it's time well spent! Learn how to customize your terminal to suit your needs.

Advanced Debugging Techniques

Forget puts. Learn advanced bug squashing techniques to get to the root of the problem quickly and get on with your day.

Get Good with Git

Since Git is key part of nearly all Rails developers' workflows, we'll cover some advanced time-saving techniques that will make working with Git a breeze.

Stress-Free Testing

Writing tests for your Rails app is essential, but the process is far from painless. Learn how to get the most out of tools like RSpec, Factory Girl, Capybara and more.

What Exactly is a Workflow Upgrade?

A Workflow Upgrade is a way to do something you're already doing, but better. Usually, faster and with fewer steps. These upgrades will make you look feel like a superhero when that person looking over your shoulder asks "how did you do that?!"

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Check out some example Workflow Upgrades

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Actionable Workflow Upgrades

Repetitive tasks are presented in an actionable problem/solution format so that you can incorporate them into your own workflow right away.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Efficient Rails for me?

Do you use Rails and wish there were 25 hours in a day? If so, then yes!

If you use Rails at least semi-regularly, whether you're just starting out or have been using it for years, you’ll find that the tips and tricks in Efficient Rails will not just save you time, but put a smile on your face.

Will I need to know Vim/Tmux, etc?

No! While tools like Vim and Tmux make for a productive Rails development environment, they're not for everybody. Efficient Rails will cover core components of Rails that every developer uses. This way, whether you use Vim or Emacs, Sublime or Atom, RubyMine or Aptana, each and every upgrade will be relevant and useful to you (at least that’s the goal).

If you're interested in learning about how to use tools like Vim and Tmux to craft a perfect Rails IDE, keep an eye out for a future product. The best way to do this is to subscribe to the mailing list.

Where can I get it?

The ebook version is currently available on Gumroad! You can view details at

How much does it cost?

The initial ebook package will cost $39. If you can save yourself a cumulative hour using the tips and tricks in Efficient Rails, the book will have paid for itself. Although you’ll save way more time than that.

If you don’t feel that you’re truly a more productive and happy Rails developer after reading the book, I’ll gladly refund the purchase in full, no questions asked.

What formats will it come in?

Initially, Efficient Rails will be an ebook. The package will include all major formats: PDF (for desktop reading), Mobi (for Kindle) and ePub (for iBooks and other e-readers). If there’s enough interest after launching and refining the ebook, I will look into dead-tree publishing routes.

What about updates?

After purchasing the ebook package, you will receive free updates to the edition you purchased. These updates will be sent to you automatically and will include inevitable code corrections, typos and other improvements based on reader feedback.

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About the Author

Hi! I’m Andrew Allen (@allenan_). I’m a full-stack Rails developer in San Francisco. I've worked with companies big and small to ship mission critical products under tight deadlines and I use the tools and processes covered in Efficient Rails every day to make me more productive.

If you're in town and want to grab coffee or drinks, feel free to reach out on Twitter!

Andrew Allen