Programming Ruby 1.9: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide Paperback – 8 May 2009
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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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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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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.
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!
If you're a first time programmer, I don't recommend this book. It's going to throw concepts at you that will be confusing without some background.
My favorite part of the book so far: The reference section at the back. It's very detailed if not comprehensive (but, being comprehensive with Ruby is probably impossible).
If you are using Ruby in any way, this book should be in your library.
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