The famous Pickaxe book (so named for the tool on the cover) is the definitive reference to the highly-regarded Ruby programming language. Author Dave Thomas has expanded the new Second Edition with over 200 pages of new material and major enhancements from the original, covering all the new and improved language features of Ruby 1.8 and standard library modules.
Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt have more than 50 years combined experience, developing software for clients around the world. For the last 10 years they've been working together as The Pragmatic Programmers, helping clients write software and improve their development processes. They are authors of the best-selling The Pragmatic Programmer, and have written several other books. They speak at conferences globally, and are editors of IEEE Software's "Construction" column. Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.See all Product Description
I bought this book on the basis of the other positive reviews. It's not a bad book, but neither is it great - more specifically, I'd say it's not enough for a beginner. Read morePublished on 29 April 2008 by B. Coppin
If you want to learn or make use of the impressive Ruby language you _need_ this bookPublished on 6 April 2008 by F. Villa