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Sams Teach Yourself Ruby in 21 Days [Paperback]

Mark Slagell
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22 Mar 2002 0672322528 978-0672322525 1

Ruby is a high-level, fully object-oriented programming (OOP) language. It is very powerful and relatively easy to learn, read, and maintain.

Sams Teach Yourself Ruby in 21 Days provides the best introduction to this language and addresses one of the key constraints it faces: "The paucity of quality English-language documentation is one of the few things holding Ruby back from widespread adoption," according to Dr. Curtis Clifton of Iowa State University¿s Department of Graduate Computer Science.


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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Sams; 1 edition (22 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0672322528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0672322525
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 18.8 x 3.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 469,036 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ruby is a high-level, fully object-oriented programming (OOP) language. It is very powerful and relatively easy to learn, read, and maintain.

Sams Teach Yourself Ruby in 21 Days provides the best introduction to this language and addresses one of the key constraints it faces: "The paucity of quality English-language documentation is one of the few things holding Ruby back from widespread adoption," according to Dr. Curtis Clifton of Iowa State University¿s Department of Graduate Computer Science.

About the Author

Mark Slagell, MS, CS has taught programming languages at the university level where he designed and wrote his own course materials. He edits and maintains one of the first English language Ruby tutorials on the Web and has used Ruby to meet the programming requirements of numerous projects in a mixed Unix/Windows environment.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to a wonderful language. 19 April 2002
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A very good introduction to a wonderful language. This well written introduction teaches the basics in an enthusiastic manner. There are plenty of worked examples at the end of each chapter. Just wish it could have come with a installation CD. Well worth a read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Useful book marred by bad editing and egregious typos 30 April 2003
By David C. Oshel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This book is marred by sloppy editing -- the devil is in the details. A casual reading turned up no less than five places where the meaning of illustrative materials or figures thwarted or contradicted the author's intent (and, in some cases, machine logic!) There is one diagram that was slapped onto the pasteboard and scanned to plate in an obvious hurry -- wiping out the top 8 pts of a 10 on 12 pts line of text. Aside from these pitfalls, the book has a chatty, conversational style guaranteed to drive advanced programmers from other disciplines (C, C++, Perl) up the wall. Since only advanced programmers can recognize the many errors, and only newbies will benefit from the chatty style, I can't really give this more than three stars, even though the author is obviously more proficient than SAMS' slapdash editing would indicate.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Introduction for the New Programmer 3 Dec 2002
By Roger Sperberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I guess a lot of people come to Ruby with a knowledge of Perl or Java or C++ or some other language, and the other Ruby titles may be better suited for them. My own programming consisted of a smattering of Javascript and Actionscript. Consequently I appreciate this book's careful descriptions and clear and plentiful examples. The book moves fast, has a light tone, and lets the pleasure of Ruby come through. I recommend it, without reservation, as the entryway into Ruby.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The best ruby intro book for most (but not all) developers 7 July 2005
By street - Published on Amazon.com
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As of mid '05, this book is a little dated and is a couple of versions behind the current (1.8.2) release of ruby. Regardless, it still covers all of the necessary basics and in a very reader friendly order. The book is said to be written assuming no prior programming experience - however such a book as this is not really an introduction to programming. It does serve as a great introduction for just about anyone with some experience with just about any recent language - such as java, vb, vb.net or c#, and especially perl or python. The writing is clear and applies well towards learning. At times it may go a little too slow for the developer with experience behind them; however they should be able to read the entire book with its exercises in much less than a week with no problems; and be fairly productive in ruby at the end.

Like most beginners books, you'll want to follow up with a more thorough book like the Dave Thomas' pickaxe or The Ruby Way - but this is more than enough to get someone started. Just keep in mind that you are only going to learn the basics - if you have several years of practice behind you, especially if you understand the difference between a dynamic language like ruby and static ones like java and c# - then you will be better off skipping this one and going with the pickaxe book (search for Dave Thomas). Otherwise this is a great intro.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book about Ruby 13 Jun 2002
By Markus Jais - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Ruby is a very cool and powerful language. If you find yourself frustated with old an ugly languages like C or C++ or if you are
a Perl programmer who thinks that Perl is hard to read (and it is, most of the time) than you should learn Ruby. And this book
is a very good starting point. It assumes no Ruby experience and explains all the basic of the great programming language. I found no erros in the book and the author is really an expert.

If you want to learn the more advenced features of Ruby consider
buying "The Ruby Way" and "Ruby Developers Guide" and "Programming Ruby: A Pragmatic Programmer's Guide"
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, Great Language! 15 Nov 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Title says it all. It's a decent book and unlike the other reviewer, I did find quite a few minor errors.
This is a good book if you found yourself scared to death of other programming languages. Ruby really takes away the hardest parts of other programming languages, but in turn requires that you memorize literally hundreds of funtions and methods! Because of this it's almost easier to read Ruby then to program it.
All told, I learned a great language, but the 4 instead of 5 stars comes from the fact that the exercises at the end of the chapters were no brainers. 15 minutes of typing for the hardest ones! Maybe I should of used a more advanced book, but admittedly, I purchased the book because of the exercises.
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