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  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 3rd edition (8 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356081
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 3.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 326,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt are The Pragmatic Programmers. They are authors of the seminal book, The Pragmatic Programmer: From Journeyman to Master, and have since written more best-selling and award-winning books. Andy and Dave speak at clients and conferences around the world, and their publishing company, the Pragmatic Bookshelf, continues producing books that help software developers stay on the top of their game.Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community. Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author and publisher. He co-authored the best-selling book The Pragmatic Programmer, was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance, and co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stuart on 4 Nov. 2010
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I am part way through this book, and find it a fantastic in depth guide to the Ruby programming language, fortifying the basic knowledge I already have of Ruby, the book is split into 4 sections: getting started, ruby environments, the core language and a library reference. It really is everything you need to know about the Ruby programming language, however if you are new to Object Orientated programming, I suggest read Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional, 2nd Edition (Expert's Voice in Open Source) first as it is a fantastic beginners guide to Ruby and OOP, and then move on to this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Lowe on 26 Oct. 2010
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A well thought out introduction and reference to the Ruby programming language - its clarity is only matched by its succinct and easily digestible nature. If only more tech books were as enjoyable to read.

This book is the definitive introduction to Ruby, and should be your first port of call if you are interested in Ruby and would like to learn more. It's great to see that the book has been reworked in detail to bring it up to date with contemporary versions of Ruby.
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I just skimmed the book for lack of time but what it feels like it is a great resource, addressing important queries cropping up during development e.g. I liked the one showing how to code a many-to-many via a middle table owning its own properties in Rails ORM thing etc. I think the book is good for those with basic experience of Rails and presumes knowledge of putting things together in Rails at the basic level so myself being a bit lower than basic level in Rails (although have experience in Java frameworks), find myself in need for some tutorial before making full use of this great book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Packed with detail yet very approachable and easy to read 1 April 2011
By Stephen Huston - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm coming at this as a Ruby beginner but experienced software developer. The book really got me up and working with Ruby very quickly. It's great for easily finding topics to explain code I'm reading and does a great job of explaining how features work that I'm new to (I'm coming mostly from C++ and am blown away by what Ruby can do!)
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Excellent Intro for a Programmer 24 Nov. 2010
By H. Echegoyen - Published on Amazon.com
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Some of the reviews here are accurate in that this book is not a simplified explanation of the Ruby language. When I started looking into this technology for one of our projects I was amazed at how Ruby enthusiasts portrayed both the Ruby Language and Ruby on Rails as easy and straight forward. The truth is there is a lot to know about a programming langauge and a technology that will be used in a real life application, and the Ruby technology is not the exception.

That being said, the authors of this book do a great job explaining the syntax, the constructs, and other aspects of Ruby. The authors make sure to give updated (version 1.9 as of today) notes. There is even a reference section at the end.

The following book might be a bit easier to understand for a beginner: "The Ruby programming language By David Flanagan, Yukihiro Matsumoto". The book has great reviews and it's very thorough. I recommend looking at the contents through the online viewers before purchasing.

For quick, off the ground, training on Ruby I would recommend various tutorials and videos on the Web, in particular the ones on the Ruby and Ruby on Rails Web Sites. YouTube also has some very good tutorials.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
This is "the" book for learning Ruby 1.9 28 Oct. 2011
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I asked a very close trusted friend for a recommendation on a Ruby book, if I could only have one book which one should I get. His response was "The Pick Axe Book".

He was 100% correct. I already know, Java, C, C++, Python, Erlang, Bash and all the Microsoft languages. This book was perfect, it told me what I needed to know without being too introductory and patronizing and without being overly assumptive that I already knew what they were explaining.

If you can only have one Ruby book, get this one!
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great Reference for Veterans and Noobs Alike 21 Mar. 2010
By Brandon Harris - Published on Amazon.com
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I've been using Rails for a few years, but I never dug deeply into Ruby. This book is one of the best technical books I have read, it keeps you engaged, which is very touch to do with such a dry subject matter. I read cover to cover (except the reference in the back) and I feel very confident in my Ruby skills. I learned something new in every chapter, and have a more grounded understanding of Ruby. I have already used this book as a reference, and I expect to do the same for quite a while.

If you are using Ruby in any way, this book should be in your library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Require book for anyone who wants to start programming Ruby 13 Jan. 2011
By Marcelo Olivas - Published on Amazon.com
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Michael Feathers once tweeted, "Pair a good Java programmer with a good Ruby programmer and the Java programmer will start programming Ruby in a week", after I read this book, it makes total sense now. I've been programming Java for more than 10 years. I have bought some Ruby on Rails books, but there were some gaps that I needed to fill regarding the Ruby language. This book filled some of the gaps I had, along with examples. For example, I wanted to know how Ruby handles multithreading in its new Ruby 1.9.2 and its previous releases. The book explained with detail exampled. Good work guys!
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