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O'Reilly Media, Inc. The Ruby Programming Language, the image of Where those designations appear in this book, and O'Reilly Media, Inc. It book does not teach as much as describe Ruby in excruciating detail. If you already know another programming language or already know Ruby, you should . There's something about The Ruby Programming Language that makes it very unique: this book was partially authored by Ruby's creator Yukihiro Matsumoto.
This book provides comprehensive documentation of the Ruby programming language 1. The Definitive Guide and Java in a Nutshell fame. Ruby is an easy language to program in, but it is not a simple language. This book is intended for experienced programmers who want to master Ruby.
It is not a beginner's book, although it does take a bottoms up approach -- it is intended to be read in the order it is This book provides comprehensive documentation of the Ruby programming language 1. It is not a beginner's book, although it does take a bottoms up approach -- it is intended to be read in the order it is written. If you've got the capacity and willingness to read carefully and think through the examples, this book will reward you many times over with knowledge and insight.
Mar 06, Russell rated it really liked it. This book contains less fluff than the Pickaxe book. While Pickaxe is good for quickly learning about Ruby and trying out some things, along with a so-so appendix of std classes, this book contains more in-depth detail on the core language constructs and behavior.
Richard Stevens -- he has a knack of anticipating your questions as you read and answering them. Matz insists on breathing life and humanity into what could otherwise result in dry technical treatment.
His personality is to make things fun, which is why Ruby is such a wonderful language. The book is solid all the way through.
And it lived up to Ruby's prime directive: There are some other Ruby books out there that are very good indeed. But if I was limited to only one, this would be it.
Jul 04, finisherr rated it liked it. I must confess I never really finished this book. Python is my language of choice. I've mostly picked this up to manage some of the existing Ruby code in my organization.
First things first, this book is not for beginners. If you do not have much experience with tech or code, go elsewhere. This book reads more like documentation with helpful examples, starting from the ground up. I must say though, if you've got a little experience with code, this book will probably get you a thorough understa I must confess I must say though, if you've got a little experience with code, this book will probably get you a thorough understanding of the languages' core features.
Dec 20, Marshall rated it really liked it Shelves: Excellent intermediate-level guide to the Ruby programming language. It discusses every feature, every nuance, and every "gotcha" that arises from ambiguity or as a trade-off for flexibility and expressiveness. Like other O'Reilly "nutshell" books, this book covers the language, the whole language, and nothing but the language.
It doesn't waste a single precious sentence on anything but details. This makes it very dense to read, but very efficient, and makes it an excellent reference. No interme Excellent intermediate-level guide to the Ruby programming language. No intermediate Ruby developer can get away with not reading this book. Its language can be a bit dry and technical, but this is a solid book particularly if you were already a programmer when you picked it up and want to get to know Ruby.
It explains the language from the ground-up, with the next chapter building on the previous, in a simple and unpretentious manner. This is not a fun, hipster-y book about Ruby - there's hardly any fluff here. But it's great to build a general understanding of the language and I've come back to it since I've read it for reference.
Jun 14, D. Pereira rated it really liked it. This probably works better as a reference book after you learn Ruby than as an actual intro to Ruby is that how ALL O'Reilly books work? I felt that way about the only other book I read from them, way back.
Seems to be structured in a way that leads to a lot of "hands off" learning before you get to do anything, but you sure do learn a lot. Read about it here. The Ruby programming language website has documentation and some introductory tutorials, such as ruby-lang. I know some Ruby Level up your Ruby skills by practising programming challenges organised by difficulty, I particularly like Codewars. Learn how to test Ruby apps using RSpec , which is documented with examples at relishapp.
This has a companion book see below. There are several prominent Ruby style guides online, a popular one is the style guide associated with the RuboCop code linter.
Black — This explains the fundamentals of Ruby programming in a clear, comprehensive way. Practical Object Oriented Design in Ruby by Sandi Metz — Covers how to design classes and other Ruby objects, as well as best practices for testing them. Learn Game Programming with Ruby is a fairly short yet oh-so-detailed guide on the process of building games on Ruby. The author Mark Sobkowicz takes you through many different libraries for adding sound FX, animation, and 2D graphics for any type of game.
Just note you really need to understand the fundamentals of Ruby before you can move onto this book. Design Patterns in Ruby looks into the unique qualities of Ruby showing how to best design applications that work. The author talks about algorithms, class structures, iterators, and how to observe patterns by studying other codebases.
You should already understand some OOP and have practical experience building object-oriented applications before reading this book.
The goal of this book is to help improve your code and set you up to see design patterns everywhere. This can include API work or people developing huge social networking websites.
Gathering user data is one thing, but organizing it and sorting for patterns is a whole different concept. Rob explains the importance of gathering data properly via database calls, API work, or just scraping raw websites and organizing the data. These techniques are extremely powerful and you can use them in so many ways. Learn Ruby the Hard Way comes with 52 pristine exercises for teaching the fundamental principles of proper Ruby programming.
Early chapters start from the basics of installing Ruby and running a simple hello, world application. With pages this is not a huge book so it should not feel intimidating to anyone. But it does force you to take action which is ultimately the only way to truly learn anything.
Once you get past the basics you may want to learn a bit more about how Ruby functions.
The book Ruby Under a Microscope is perfect for this. Author Pat Shaughnessy takes a deep dive into the Ruby language exploring how the code executes and what makes some code more efficient.
Two other implementations of Ruby also get some page time: JRuby and Rubinius respectively.
Overall I recommend this book for intermediate-to-advanced programmers who love Ruby and want to really understand how it all functions. This will not immediately help you solve problems or build out that cool new project. But it will give you a newfound respect for the language and how it operates.
Currently Rails is at version 5.
Author Obie Fernandez is a well-known Ruby programmer who boasts massive support for the language and the Rails framework. Still I think anyone can get through this book if they want to learn Rails bad enough. This is the newest and most up-to-date book on the Ruby Sinatra framework.