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Best Ruby Book so far... should by 4.5 stars,
This review is from: The Ruby Way (Sams White Books) (Paperback)
This has become my 'bible' for coding in Ruby, perhaps after 'Ruby in a Nutshell' as the latter is great for quick-lookups and syntax reminders.
The best section perhaps is that on RUby idiosyncracies, i.e. the syntax-traps and tricks, as since Ruby's parsing engine is so flexible, it can be a little unclear as to which is the 'right' way, or more importantly, why one way doesn't work the way you thought it should.
The only reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is that I'd like to have had better coverage of some of the more popular/useful libraries, incl. the downloadable ones, even if only a brief introduction to them. I'm not sure if this is fair, however, as many Ruby libraries are in a state of flux; perhaps '4.5' is more fair.
Nevertheless: This is probably the best book to get a solid grounding in Ruby programming, and decent OO programming, too, which in my view is the most important way to start.