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The Rapid Rubyist

The Rapid Rubyist [Kindle Edition]

Matthew Stopa

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The Rapid Rubyist is a step by step guide that uses simple examples to teach Ruby. Each example has a brief description and then code examples to teach the concept. Many books focus on giving verbose explanations that try to give every detail possible, The Rapid Rubyist is different in that it tries to be concise, giving you all the information you need in a small package.

The Rapid Rubyist gets you writing code fast and gives you a reference you can come back to later when you need to remember how something works. It covers everything from the basics like strings and arrays to everyone's favorite topic: meta-programming!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 206 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DPQ5P24
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5.0 out of 5 stars Get up to speed with Ruby 11 July 2013
By RBF - Published on
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The Rapid Rubyist is a good introduction to the ruby programming language. It is light on filler and heavy with code examples. Just because this is an intro to the ruby programming language does not make it a beginning programming book.

For a developers coming from other programming languages this book will help you get up to speed in a timeframe better measured with hours than weeks.

For someone who is just getting started in programming this book would best be used as a companion text to something that takes a deeper dive into the general subjects.

*disclaimer* The author is a co-worker. I read a pre-release copy. I came up with the title. I am mentioned in the acknowledgements so that makes me partially famous.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The book to quickly learn Ruby 5 Aug 2013
By Hugh Watkins - Published on
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Matt has done a great job of boiling down the essentials of the Ruby programming language. This is not a theory book, this is an - I'm an experienced programmer and I need to learn Ruby quickly book.

Once you get past the standard Hello World, he quickly jumps into variables, methods, interators, etc. These are the building blocks of the Ruby language and what sets it apart from other languages. All of these have simple examples that you can copy and paste into you own environment.

There are a lot of conventions in the Ruby language, like how methods are named and their behavior, if you have seen methods like 2.even? you have run across this. Matt goes through the common naming conventions for methods and what they mean. He brings difficult theoretical concepts like closures down to easily understood concepts. He also shows you how to use these in everyday programming. He then moves on into more difficult topics like meta programming.

If you are new to Ruby and want to learn it, this is a good place to start.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Quick and Easy Ruby Reference 22 July 2013
By CloudAdmin - Published on
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The Rapid Rubyist is one of the most useful books I've read in a long time. The author quickly covers the unique syntax features of the Ruby language and highlights all the useful data types, control structures, etc. provided by the language.

Each topic in the book is covered in essentially one page with a code example, making it easy to read plus a useful reference tool. I found it to be a helpful brush-up on some typically obscure programming topics like blocks, procs, lambdas, monkey patching and meta programming.

This book is well worth the money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A beginner Ruby book WITH NO FLUFF! 11 July 2013
By Daniel - Published on
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I have read many ruby books, and they are always so daunting at 500+ pages (half of which is complete fluff!) Matthew here has stripped all that out and essentially goes through all the stuff you need to know very quickly. Recommend it as a quick read and a future reference for beginners to this landscape.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you'll read it in in an hour or two 15 Mar 2014
By Pawel Biel - Published on
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and it'll show you some wicked ruby syntax and examples. It's a set of flash-cards which you can always find fast if you ever need to find a good way to write some code.
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