Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide

Written by: Dave Thomas, Chad Fowler, Andy Hunt

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Ruby is an increasingly popular, fully object-oriented dynamic programming language, hailed by many practitioners as the finest and most useful language available today. When Ruby first burst onto the scene in the Western world, the Pragmatic Programmers were there with the definitive reference manual, Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer's Guide.

Now in its second edition, author Dave Thomas has expanded the famous Pickaxe book with over 200 pages of new content, covering all the improved language features of Ruby 1.8 and standard library modules. The Pickaxe contains four major sections:


An acclaimed tutorial on using Ruby.
The definitive reference to the language.
Complete documentation on all built-in classes, modules, and methods
Complete descriptions of all 98 standard libraries.


If you enjoyed the First Edition, you'll appreciate the expanded content, including enhanced coverage of installation, packaging, documenting Ruby source code, threading and synchronization, and enhancing Ruby's capabilities using C-language extensions. Programming for the World Wide Web is easy in Ruby, with new chapters on XML/RPC, SOAP, distributed Ruby, templating systems, and other web services. There's even a new chapter on unit testing.

This is the definitive reference manual for Ruby, including a description of all the standard library modules, a complete reference to all built-in classes and modules (including more than 250 significant changes since the First Edition). Coverage of other features has grown tremendously, including details on how to harness the sophisticated capabilities of irb, so you can dynamically examine and experiment with your running code. "Ruby is a wonderfully powerful and useful language, and whenever I'm working with it this book is at my side" --Martin Fowler, Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks
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Programming Ruby The Pragmatic Programmers Guide Reviews

Brian
A very comprehensive look at Ruby and the aspects of the language people seem to enjoy. Explanations on the difference between Ruby 1.9 and previous iterations are also very thorough.
Nat
You definitely shouldn't read it like a normal book... It's more like a "reference book"
Maxime
Great book, read the first part to get a good comprehension of the basics of this great language
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Randy
This is the book that started it all for me. It's a classic. It's what I do 8 hours a day, and sometimes on the weekends (for fun).
Ward Bell
Excellent introduction to the Ruby programming language. Style is considerably more readable (an occasionally humorous) than the usual Tech book. Ruby is an object oriented, interpreted language.
Ibrahim
This is a great book to have on hand if you want to go beyond the basics of Ruby. I have not read it page to page but use it more as a reference.
Jason
This is the bible of ruby and a must read for any new ruby developer. I read it after working in ruby for about 4 years and still found quite a few awesome new things.
Jami Dwyer
Great first part, but quick reference for main classes is obsolete in world of Ruby docs
Robert Postill
How I learnt Ruby and a great example of moving the art of teaching programming forward from K & R's C approach.
Dayne
Required reference for a Ruby programmer. Required learning material for a ruby-newbie.
Richard
A great book. Now on to reading the latest version.
Angus McDonald
Great reference work that also manages to be a good introduction to the language itself. Not the bets place for Ruby on Rails, but an essential addition to your Ruby library.
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