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Eloquent Ruby (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby)by Russell Olsen
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It's easy to write correct Ruby code, but to gain the fluency needed to write great Ruby code, you must go beyond syntax and absorb the Ruby way of thinking and problem solving. In Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen helps you write Ruby like true Rubyists do-so you can leverage its immense, surprising power.
Olsen draws on years of experience internalizing the Ruby culture and teaching Ruby to other programmers. He guides you to the Ah Ha moments when it suddenly becomes clear why Ruby works the way it does, and how you can take advantage of this language's elegance and expressiveness.
Eloquent Ruby starts small, answering tactical questions focused on a single statement, method, test, or bug. You'll learn how to write code that actually looks like Ruby (not Java or C#); why Ruby has so many control structures; how to use strings, expressions, and symbols; and what dynamic typing is really good for. Next, the book addresses bigger questions related to building methods and classes. You'll discover why Ruby classes contain so many tiny methods, when to use operator overloading, and when to avoid it. Olsen explains how to write Ruby code that writes its own code-and why you'll want to. He concludes with powerful project-level features and techniques ranging from gems to Domain Specific Languages.
A part of the renowned Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series, Eloquent Ruby will help you put on your Ruby-colored glasses and get results that make you a true believer.
Book News Annotation:
For intermediate to advanced programmers with experience in Ruby or other object oriented languages, such as C#, Java or Python, this style guide teaches the "Ruby way" to write elegant and eloquent code. The work focuses on best practices and Ruby standards and is divided into four sections beginning with an overview of basic Ruby principles and following with discussion of classes modules and blocks and metaprogramming, and concluding with chapters on creating holistic, consistent applications true to Ruby methodologies. The volume includes numerous code examples. Olsen is a Ruby programmer and the author of Design Patterns in Ruby (2008, Addison-Wesely). Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
About the Author
Russ Olsen’s career spans three decades, during which he has written everything from graphics device drivers to document management applications. These days, he diligently codes GIS, web service security, and process automation solutions. He spends much of his otherwise free time writing and speaking about programming, especially Ruby and Clojure. His first book was the highly regarded Design Patterns In Ruby (Addison-Wesley, 2007). He is also the lurking presence behind the Technology As If People Mattered blog at www.russolsen.com.
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