Synopses & Reviews
Ruby in Practice increases your productivity by showing you specific Ruby techniques you can use in your projects. The book offers detailed strategies for using Ruby in a large-scale environment. You'll see concrete examples of integration, messaging, web development, and databases, all presented in a clear Problem/Solution format. This book won't help you push your deadline back, but it will help you get the job done in less time.
Above all, Ruby in Practice is a practical book for developers who want an in depth understanding of the Ruby language and its toolset. The book is divided into three major parts.
The first part concentrates on issues that developers face both from within their organizations and from their peers. The authors weigh the costs and benefits of using Ruby in enterprise development projects, the over-riding theme being that every developer should always aim to use the right tool for any particular job. The authors then examine the pros and cons of developing with Ruby, and where appropriate, compare Ruby to other languages, both conceptually and in code.
The second part discusses techniques for communication and integration of systems. The authors describe how libraries and techniques are used to facilitate messaging, web development and communication automation. They also focus on how the strategies in the first section can be used with these libraries to make development more flexible and efficient.
The last part shows how to manage data and integrate with existing data using Ruby. The authors describe techniques for using existing Ruby libraries that either replace popular Java libraries or can interface with existing data in a different way. They go on to show you how strategies covered in the first section can be used to enable Ruby to interact with existing assets or to build new data systems.
Purchase of the print book comes with an offer of a free PDF, ePub, and Kindle eBook from Manning. Also available is all code from the book.
The book offers detailed strategies for using Ruby in a large-scale environment. Readers are offered concrete examples of integration, messaging, Web development, and databases, all of which are presented in a clear problem/solution format.
About the Author
Jeremy McAnally has been developing applications with Ruby and Rails for a little over five years, but before that he tortured himself with PHP, C#, Python, VB, and other instruments of destruction for a number of years. After finding the light, he's proceeded to write high-profile web applications, books, open-source code, presentations for numerous conferences and user groups, and basically done anything he can to sharpen his development skills. He likes good food, good times, and a round of anything that makes use of a Kinect.Assaf Arkin got bitten by the business software bug in '89, back when client-servers were the thing and C was a reasonable language for writing business logic. In '96 he switched to Java, and gave us client-servers for web apps. In '99 he discovered the beauty of XML and the appeal of open source, and was a founding member of XML Apache. In '05 he fell for Ruby's charms and has been using it since for development and for plugging holes that Java left behind.