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Are you a tester who spends more time manually creating complex test data than using it? A business analyst who seemingly went to college all those years so you can spend your days copying data from reports into spreadsheets? A programmer who can't finish each day's task without having to scan through version control system output, looking for the file you want?

If so, you're wasting that computer on your desk. Offload the drudgery to where it belongs, and free yourself to do what you should be doing: thinking. All you need is a scripting language (free!), this book (cheap!), and the dedication to work through the examples and exercises.

Everyday Scripting with Ruby is divided into four parts. In the first, you'll learn the basics of the Ruby scripting language. In the second, you'll see how to create scripts in a steady, controlled way using test-driven design. The third part is about finding, understanding, and using the work of others--and about preparing your scripts for others to use. The fourth part, more advanced, is about saving even more time by using application frameworks.

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Marick draws on his experience as a programmer and tester in creating a hands-on text for testers, business analysts, and programmers. Coverage includes an overview of the basics of Ruby and basics of scripting; how to write scripts in a steady, controlled way using test-driven design; how to leverage existing scripts and save time with application frameworks in your job; how to handle common mistakes and typos; and how to communicate more efficiently and effectively with teammates. The text includes a glossary and solutions to the exercises. Marick has authored and co-authored two previous texts on software testing and software development. Distributed in the U.S. by O'Reilly Media. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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"Scripting for Testers is divided into two parts: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk. In the first, you'll learn the Ruby scripting language and the overall craft of scripting. In the second, you'll see how that knowledge can be applied to solve common testing problems.

You'll also see how to cope with common mistakes. You'll see how to recover from blind alleys and how to recognize and fix your own scripting. You'll even see examples of the most common typos, so that you'll recognize the symptoms when you see them.

The second part of the book shows finished scripts, ready to use and deploy for testing as well as other common rote tasks (you'll find still more projects on the book's web site, www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/bmsft).

Synopsis:

Readers will be introduced to the Ruby scripting language and the overall craft of scripting in this reference. Common typos, finished scripts ready to use and deploy for testing and other common rote tasks are included.

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Are you a tester who spends more time manually creating complex test data than using it? A business analyst who seemingly went to college all those years so you can spend your days copying data from reports into spreadsheets? A programmer who can't finish each day's task without having to scan through version control system output, looking for the file you want? If so, you're wasting that computer on your desk. Offload the drudgery to where it belongs, and free yourself to do what you should be doing: thinking. All you need is a scripting language (free!), this book (cheap!), and the dedication to work through the examples and exercises. Everyday Scripting with Ruby is divided into four parts. In the first, you'll learn the basics of the Ruby scripting language. In the second, you'll see how to create scripts in a steady, controlled way using test-driven design. The third part is about finding, understanding, and using the work of others--and about preparing your scripts for others to use. The fourth part, more advanced, is about saving even more time by using application frameworks.

About the Author

Brian Marick learned Ruby in 2001 because Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt, original authors of "Programming Ruby", wouldn't let him off a shuttle bus until he said he would. He's been programming in it ever since, and he's made a special effort to teach it to software testers. His previous book is "Everyday Scripting with Ruby", which began as a tutorial for those very testers. He's not a Ruby programmer by trade. He makes most of his money as a consultant in the Agile methodologies. (After getting off the shuttle bus, he was one of the authors of the "Manifesto for Agile Software Development.")

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Mike Cohn, April 10, 2007 (view all comments by Mike Cohn)
During the mid- and late-1980s I was was working in C and eventually C++. During that period I devoured any programming book I could get my hands on. My favorites were very practical books--those books that built real, working examples. Herb Schildt and Al Stevens were the best at this. I've often wished for such books on the newer languages as I learn them. Brian Marick has given us exactly this type of book with his "Everyday Scripting with Ruby."

I'm one of those programmers who read a little bit about Ruby and was only mildly intrigued until I read about Rails. Once I read about Rails I just dove in--I didn't bother to learn much Ruby, only looking something up in "Programming Ruby" when I couldn't figure it out by trial and error. I became proficient enough at getting things done in Rails but certainly didn't have a solid, comfortable feeling for Ruby itself. This book fills in those gaps for me. This is the Ruby book I wish I'd read first.

"Everyday Scripting with Ruby" covers four very real-life small projects, each of a decent size. The projects are small enough that you don't need to remember every detail from the prior 100 pages but are big enough that you can learn real lessons from them. This is absolutely the best beginner book on Ruby available.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780977616619
Author:
Marick, Brian
Publisher:
Pragmatic Bookshelf
Subject:
Programming - Quality Assurance & Testing
Subject:
Object-oriented programming (computer science
Subject:
Ruby (Computer program language)
Subject:
Software Development & Engineering - Quality
Subject:
Object-oriented pro
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
Ruby;scripting;test driven design;test first development;testing
Subject:
Programming Languages - CGI, Javascript, Perl, VBScript
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Publication Date:
20070131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
310
Dimensions:
9 x 7.5 x 0.94 in 1.39 lb

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"Synopsis" by , "Scripting for Testers is divided into two parts: Talking the Talk and Walking the Walk. In the first, you'll learn the Ruby scripting language and the overall craft of scripting. In the second, you'll see how that knowledge can be applied to solve common testing problems.

You'll also see how to cope with common mistakes. You'll see how to recover from blind alleys and how to recognize and fix your own scripting. You'll even see examples of the most common typos, so that you'll recognize the symptoms when you see them.

The second part of the book shows finished scripts, ready to use and deploy for testing as well as other common rote tasks (you'll find still more projects on the book's web site, www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/bmsft).

"Synopsis" by ,
Readers will be introduced to the Ruby scripting language and the overall craft of scripting in this reference. Common typos, finished scripts ready to use and deploy for testing and other common rote tasks are included.
"Synopsis" by , Are you a tester who spends more time manually creating complex test data than using it? A business analyst who seemingly went to college all those years so you can spend your days copying data from reports into spreadsheets? A programmer who can't finish each day's task without having to scan through version control system output, looking for the file you want? If so, you're wasting that computer on your desk. Offload the drudgery to where it belongs, and free yourself to do what you should be doing: thinking. All you need is a scripting language (free!), this book (cheap!), and the dedication to work through the examples and exercises. Everyday Scripting with Ruby is divided into four parts. In the first, you'll learn the basics of the Ruby scripting language. In the second, you'll see how to create scripts in a steady, controlled way using test-driven design. The third part is about finding, understanding, and using the work of others--and about preparing your scripts for others to use. The fourth part, more advanced, is about saving even more time by using application frameworks.
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