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You don't have to know everything about a car to drive one, and you don't need to know everything about Ruby to start programming with it. Written for both experienced and new programmers alike, Learning Ruby is a just-get-in-and-drive book — a hands-on tutorial that offers lots of Ruby programs and lets you know how and why they work, just enough to get you rolling down the road.

Interest in Ruby stems from the popularity of Rails, the web development framework that's attracting new devotees and refugees from Java and PHP. But there are plenty of other uses for this versatile language. The best way to learn is to just try the code! You'll find examples on nearly every page of this book that you can imitate and hack. Briefly, this book:

  • Outlines many of the most important features of Ruby
  • Demonstrates how to use conditionals, and how to manipulate strings in Ruby. Includes a section on regular expressions
  • Describes how to use operators, basic math, functions from the Math module, rational numbers, etc.
  • Talks you through Ruby arrays, and demonstrates hashes in detail
  • Explains how to process files with Ruby
  • Discusses Ruby classes and modules (mixins) in detail, including a brief introduction to object-oriented programming (OOP)
  • Introduces processing XML, the Tk toolkit, RubyGems, reflection, RDoc, embedded Ruby, metaprogramming, exception handling, and other topics
  • Acquaints you with some of the essentials of Rails, and includes a short Rails tutorial.
Each chapter concludes with a set of review questions, and appendices provide you with a glossary of terms related to Ruby programming, plus reference material from the book in one convenient location. If you want to take Ruby out for a drive, Learning Ruby holds the keys.

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Aimed at programmers of all experience levels, this volume uses a series of hands-on tutorials to get them started using the Ruby programming language. It also offers a wealth of code examples they can imitate or modify. Topics include (for example) installing Ruby, using conditionals, manipulating strings, and working with files. The final chapter covers the basics of Ruby on Rails. Fitzgerald is the author of Ruby Pocket Reference and several other technology titles. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

About the Author

Michael Fitzgerald is Principal at Overdue Books LLC, a publishing and writing firm. He is the author of Learning Ruby, Ruby Pocket Reference, XML Pocket Reference, Third Edition with Simon St. Laurent, XML Hacks, and Learning XSLT, all published by O'Reilly. He is also the author of Building B2B Applications with XML: A Resource Guide and XSL Essentials (both by John Wiley & Sons). His books have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Japanese, and Chinese. He has also been a regular contributor to XML.com. Michael likes to ski (downhill and cross country), ride and train horses, and spend time with his family.

Table of Contents

DedicationPrefaceChapter 1: Ruby BasicsChapter 2: A Quick Tour of RubyChapter 3: Conditional LoveChapter 4: StringsChapter 5: MathChapter 6: ArraysChapter 7: HashesChapter 8: Working with FilesChapter 9: ClassesChapter 10: More Fun with RubyChapter 11: A Short Guide to Ruby on RailsRuby ReferenceAnswers to Review QuestionsGlossaryColophon

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Bill Cernansky, May 7, 2008 (view all comments by Bill Cernansky)
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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Fitzgerald, Michael
O'Reilly Media
Programming - Object Oriented Programming
Programming - Software Development
Ruby (Computer program language)
Software Development & Engineering - General
Programming / Object Oriented
Software Engineering-Object Oriented Programming
Rails;Ruby;Tk;XML;beginner;data structures;exceptions;metaprogramming;objects;regex;regular expressions
Programming Languages - General
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inner;data structures;exceptions;metaprogramming;objects;regex;regular expressions
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