Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide

ISBN: 0974514055
ISBN 13: 9780974514055
By: Dave Thomas Chad Fowler Andy Hunt

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Ruby is an increasingly popular, fully object-oriented dynamic programming language, hailed by many practitioners as the finest and most useful language available today. When Ruby first burst onto the scene in the Western world, the Pragmatic Programmers were there with the definitive reference manual, "Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide." Now in its second edition, author Dave Thomas has expanded the famous Pickaxe book with over 200 pages of new content, covering all the improved language features of Ruby 1.8 and standard library modules. The Pickaxe contains four major sections: An acclaimed tutorial on using Ruby. The definitive reference to the language. Complete documentation on all built-in classes, modules, and methods Complete descriptions of all 98 standard libraries. If you enjoyed the First Edition, you'll appreciate the expanded content, including enhanced coverage of installation, packaging, documenting Ruby source code, threading and synchronization, and enhancing Ruby's capabilities using C-language extensions. Programming for the World Wide Web is easy in Ruby, with new chapters on XML/RPC, SOAP, distributed Ruby, templating systems, and other web services. There's even a new chapter on unit testing. This is the definitive reference manual for Ruby, including a description of all the standard library modules, a complete reference to all built-in classes and modules (including more than 250 significant changes since the First Edition). Coverage of other features has grown tremendously, including details on how to harness the sophisticated capabilities of irb, so you can dynamically examine and experiment with your running code. "Ruby is a wonderfully powerful and useful language, and whenever I'm working with it this book is at my side" --Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks

Reader's Thoughts

Louise

This works well as a reference book, but it's not exactly beach reading. I like that most things are easy to look up and laid out in a manner where it's easy to skim for what you want.

Virgilio Pigliucci

Not bad considering the topic it can be read and mostly used very easily.I would never consider this book as "completely-read".... guess It will spend many months close to my desk!

Bill

Solid how-to and reference book. This is how I learned Ruby, now my favorite programming language. I can't get past the author's name though. Every time I notice it on my shelf I think, "So that's what he's been up to since SCTV."

Mike

The key reference for understanding the Ruby programming language. If you want to be up-to-speed on Ruby you've got to have this book. I also have the PDF version which is great to have if you're not by your bookshelf.

Alex

Great first part, but quick reference for main classes is obsolete in world of Ruby docs

Dayne

Required reference for a Ruby programmer. Required learning material for a ruby-newbie.

Ibrahim

This is a great book to have on hand if you want to go beyond the basics of Ruby. I have not read it page to page but use it more as a reference.

Shawn Moore

With this book you can learn Ruby in a breeze. Whether that's more the fault of this book or of Ruby I haven't figured out.

Manuel Menezes de Sequeira

If you are an experienced programmer wanting to learn Ruby, this book is for you. A word of warning, though: go take a look at Chapter 27, Metaprogramming. That's the place where the object model of Ruby is explained. Without it, the rest of the book will seem to rely a bit too much on your faith. Unless, of course, you enjoy discovering the truth behind the magic for yourself. I'm sure it is possible and fun, but if you cannot spend the extra time, do take a peek at that chapter.Another warning: the book (or at least it's ebook version) has quite a few typos, especially in Part 4.

Lyle

This is the book I learned Ruby from, once upon a time, and while it has its detractors I still think it's a good tutorial (especially if you know some other programming language, like Java). Probably not a good choice if you've never done any programming.

Jason

This is the bible of ruby and a must read for any new ruby developer. I read it after working in ruby for about 4 years and still found quite a few awesome new things.

Oleg Ilyenko

Very good read, but the second part is a reference manual, which is pretty useless if you have access to the internet and ability to google stuff :)

Nat

This is a pretty awful book. The author has at best a tenuous grasp on object oriented programming. Pick up The Ruby Way instead.

RJ

Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide, Second Edition by Dave Thomas (2004)

Ms. Jen

Ok, so I have been teaching myself Ruby since last fall and I am in love with it. Javascript: too wordy, too many f*%king loops and punctuation, mostly front end, can be used for some programming.PHP: too many functions, hard to find the one you want, less wordy and loopy than javascript. Back end web programming.Ruby: Beautiful. Elegant. Simple. Bless it. Very little punctuation, loops only where you need them and a not an overload of built in functions/methods. Back end, needs a compiler. Still beautiful.But Ruby on Rails can be a bit troublesome, opinionated, and locked into the framework. Don't get me started on deployment. Makes PHP look downright friendly.Good book to get you started by experts in Rails.

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