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Interviews | April 8, 2014

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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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Learning Ruby by Michael Fitzgerald
Learning Ruby

Bill Cernansky, May 7, 2008

I found this a decent introduction to the Ruby language, but it took little time (less than 2 days) for me to get to the point where the book didn't have answers I wanted. I'm not even doing Rails development yet, but I found myself needing information that just wasn't covered, even though what I need seems basic to me. Not everyone learns new languages with the complete submersion method I use, but if you do, I suggest also having a copy of some other Ruby textbook also - say, Programming Ruby by Dave Thomas.
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Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation by Charna Halpern
Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

Bill Cernansky, April 30, 2007

The Harold is perhaps the signature improv structure. This book explains the Harold and leads the reader through exercises and games that prepare improvisors to perform a Harold, and then teaches the Harold itself. The book is excellent; sometimes referred to as the improv bible, Truth In Comedy will teach you something today, and 5 years later, it will still lead you to discover better ways to improvise. NOTE: the book synopsis here on Powell's web site is clearly written by someone who does not understand improv, so take the description with a grain of salt.
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