Learn to Program

ISBN: 0976694042
ISBN 13: 9780976694045
By: Chris Pine

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It's now easier to learn to write your own computer software than it has ever been before. Now everyone can learn to write programs for themselves--no previous experience is necessary. Chris Pine takes a thorough, but light-hearted approach that teaches you how to program with a minimum of fuss or bother. Starting with small, simple one-line programs to calculate your age in seconds, you'll see how to have your webpage send you email, to shuffle your music more intelligently, to rename your photos from your digital camera, and more. You'll learn the same technology used to drive modern dynamic websites and large, professional applications.

Reader's Thoughts

Dirk Smith

Good introduction to programming, very humorous

Ridha Danjanny

bagus nih, buat yang mau learn to code dari nol pakai ruby :)

Nate Tate

A fun introduction to programming with ruby. The book offers clear and concise explanations sprinkled with good humor.

Andreas Ernst

Great quick intro to Rails. The book focusses on the ruby fundamentals and does a great job with that!

Antonio Tombolini

Imparare Ruby a 50 anni, perché no?

Seth Crosby

Great book. If you are remotely interested in computer programming-read it.

K. M.

Rather lazily written intro to programming through ruby. Bizarre examples and sample code that one gets bored of sorting through.Beginners won't find it very difficult, but there isn't enough time spent on flow control or classes or basic OOP concepts for it to be that useful.


best into to Ruby for the non programmer

Enrique Sánchez

Nice and fun introduction to the basics of programming and Ruby. That being said, you're gonna need more than this book to start writing real programs.


I would prefer still more tasks for the slower programmers among us.

Colin Dabritz

An excellent introduction to programming, through Ruby. It's concise, so you have to unpack concepts, but he does a great job of introducing things and covering related ground, while sticking to a single topic at a time.

Mike Riess

The best tutorial- print or electronic- I've found for beginning coders. Clear explanations for those without a tech background and practical application of ideas with exercises that include 'how you could do it' and 'how I [the author] would do it' that demonstrate better/best practices. The book is humorous, entertaining, and engaging such that it never overwhelmed me as a student. Not only does the book cover the basic science of code, it also gives the reader a sense of how code can be beautiful, unique, and expressive. The best starting point for beginners looking to learn code and be inspired by the craft.For more: http://wannabetechies.tumblr.com/post...

Jim Evans

This is a great book to read If you have never done any programing. It gives a solid base in the Ruby language.


It's an ideal book to start with, especially when we are talking about Ruby. However, this book is an introduction-type, so be ready to read a couple of others for getting the ground.


Solid introduction to Ruby.

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