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<div class="paragraph"><p>These guides are designed to make you immediately productive with Rails, and to help you understand how all of the pieces fit together. There are two different versions of the Guides site, and you should be sure to use the one that applies to your situation:</p></div>
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<h2>Start Here</h2>
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="getting_started_with_rails.html">Getting Started with Rails</a></div>
<div class="paragraph"><p>Everything you need to know to install Rails and create your first application.</p></div>
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<h2>Models</h2>
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="migrations.html">Rails Database Migrations</a></div>
<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers how you can use Active Record migrations to alter your database in a structured and organized manner.</p></div>
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<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers how you can use Active Record validations and callbacks.</p></div>
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="association_basics.html">Active Record Associations</a></div>
<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers all the associations provided by Active Record.</p></div>
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<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers the database query interface provided by Active Record.</p></div>
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<h2>Views</h2>
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="layouts_and_rendering.html">Layouts and Rendering in Rails</a></div>
<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers the basic layout features of Action Controller and Action View,
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<div class="paragraph"><p>Guide to using built in Form helpers.</p></div>
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="routing_outside_in.html">Rails Routing from the Outside In</a></div>
<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers the user-facing features of Rails routing. If you want to
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="actioncontroller_basics.html">Basics of Action Controller</a></div>
<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers how controllers work and how they fit into the request cycle in your application. It includes sessions, filters, and cookies, data streaming, and dealing with exceptions raised by a request, among other topics.</p></div>
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<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers the three types of caching that Rails provides by default.</p></div>
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<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide describes how to use Action Mailer to send and receive emails.</p></div>
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<div class="paragraph"><p>This is a rather comprehensive guide to doing both unit and functional tests
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="creating_plugins.html">The Basics of Creating Rails Plugins</a></div>
<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide covers how to build a plugin to extend the functionality of Rails.</p></div>
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<div class="paragraph"><p>This guide introduces you to the basic concepts and features of the Rails I18n API and shows you how to localize your application.</p></div>
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<div class="sidebar-title"><a href="configuring.html">Configuring Rails Applications</a></div>
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