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Programming Ruby 1.9: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide (Facets of Ruby) [Paperback]

Dave Thomas , Chad Fowler , Andy Hunt
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April 28, 2009 1934356085 978-1934356081 3rd

Would you like to go from first idea to working code much, much faster? Do you currently spend more time satisfying the compiler instead of your clients or end users? Are you frustrated with demanding languages that seem to get in your way, instead of getting the work done? Are you using Rails, and want to dig deeper into the underlying Ruby language? If so, then we've got a language and book for you!

Ruby 1.9 is the latest version of Ruby. It has many compelling features, including multinationalization support, new block scoping, and better performance. At the same time, the current Ruby 1.8 is still being maintained and is widely used. We're therefore releasing both the Ruby 1.9 version of the PickAxe (this book) alongside the 1.8 version of the PickAxe. Readers can choose the book that matches their environment.

Ruby is a fully object-oriented language, much like the classic object-oriented language, Smalltalk. Like Smalltalk, it is dynamically typed (as opposed to Java or C++), but unlike Smalltalk, Ruby features the same conveniences found in modern scripting languages, making Ruby a favorite tool of intelligent, forward-thinking programmers and the basis for the Rails web framework.

This is the reference manual for Ruby, including a description of all the standard library modules, a complete reference to all built-in classes and modules (including all the new and changed methods introduced by Ruby 1.9). It also includes all the new and changed syntax and semantics introduced since Ruby 1.8. Learn about the new parameter passing rules, local variable scoping in blocks, fibers, multinationalization, and the new block declaration syntax, among other exciting new features.

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About the Author

Dave Thomas, as one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, understands agility. As the author of "Programming Ruby," he understands Ruby. And, as an active Rails developer, he knows Rails.

Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.

Andy Hunt is a programmer turned consultant, author and publisher. He co-authored the best-selling book “The Pragmatic Programmer”, was one of the 17 founders of the Agile Alliance, and co-founded the Pragmatic Bookshelf, publishing award-winning and critically acclaimed books for software developers.

Product Details

  • Series: Facets of Ruby
  • Paperback: 864 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 3rd edition (April 28, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356081
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #302,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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I'm coming at this as a Ruby beginner but experienced software developer. The book really got me up and working with Ruby very quickly. It's great for easily finding topics to explain code I'm reading and does a great job of explaining how features work that I'm new to (I'm coming mostly from C++ and am blown away by what Ruby can do!)
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Intro for a Programmer November 24, 2010
Some of the reviews here are accurate in that this book is not a simplified explanation of the Ruby language. When I started looking into this technology for one of our projects I was amazed at how Ruby enthusiasts portrayed both the Ruby Language and Ruby on Rails as easy and straight forward. The truth is there is a lot to know about a programming langauge and a technology that will be used in a real life application, and the Ruby technology is not the exception.

That being said, the authors of this book do a great job explaining the syntax, the constructs, and other aspects of Ruby. The authors make sure to give updated (version 1.9 as of today) notes. There is even a reference section at the end.

The following book might be a bit easier to understand for a beginner: "The Ruby programming language By David Flanagan, Yukihiro Matsumoto". The book has great reviews and it's very thorough. I recommend looking at the contents through the online viewers before purchasing.

For quick, off the ground, training on Ruby I would recommend various tutorials and videos on the Web, in particular the ones on the Ruby and Ruby on Rails Web Sites. YouTube also has some very good tutorials.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is "the" book for learning Ruby 1.9 October 28, 2011
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I asked a very close trusted friend for a recommendation on a Ruby book, if I could only have one book which one should I get. His response was "The Pick Axe Book".

He was 100% correct. I already know, Java, C, C++, Python, Erlang, Bash and all the Microsoft languages. This book was perfect, it told me what I needed to know without being too introductory and patronizing and without being overly assumptive that I already knew what they were explaining.

If you can only have one Ruby book, get this one!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for Veterans and Noobs Alike March 21, 2010
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I've been using Rails for a few years, but I never dug deeply into Ruby. This book is one of the best technical books I have read, it keeps you engaged, which is very touch to do with such a dry subject matter. I read cover to cover (except the reference in the back) and I feel very confident in my Ruby skills. I learned something new in every chapter, and have a more grounded understanding of Ruby. I have already used this book as a reference, and I expect to do the same for quite a while.

If you are using Ruby in any way, this book should be in your library.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for beginners November 23, 2009
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This book was purchased for a class in the digital humanities. The book was very helpful when writing programs for the class, but as a beginner, I would have been lost using the book alone! Sometimes it's written in such dense tech-speak that us non-techies in the class needed a translator. By the end of the class, I found this book invaluable and it earned a spot on my "keeper" bookshelf.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Michael Feathers once tweeted, "Pair a good Java programmer with a good Ruby programmer and the Java programmer will start programming Ruby in a week", after I read this book, it makes total sense now. I've been programming Java for more than 10 years. I have bought some Ruby on Rails books, but there were some gaps that I needed to fill regarding the Ruby language. This book filled some of the gaps I had, along with examples. For example, I wanted to know how Ruby handles multithreading in its new Ruby 1.9.2 and its previous releases. The book explained with detail exampled. Good work guys!
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing July 1, 2010
By LucasP
I used to work with PHP, C++ and Java, until I found Ruby! This book is a great pass to a bright future for programmers. Since I bought it and started developing Ruby and Rails applications, my developments skills keep getting better and the amount of time I spent coding is getting always smaller. Ruby is great to performe Agile Programming and is really a language to look for!
Highly recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not What It Was Advertised To Be September 7, 2013
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This book doesn't seem to be very logically organized or put together. Perhaps someone with tons of programming experience will appreciate it - I did not. For someone just starting to learn Ruby, stay away from this book - I think you might be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Use this book
Had to learn ruby quick for work. This is a great go to book for when I am stuck. Use this book for great ideas and cleaning up code
Published 11 months ago by Christina Cummings
4.0 out of 5 stars So far so good
This no-frills book is great as a reference manual and gives you everything you need to transition from another language to Ruby. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J Larsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Love this book! This is a must have for all Ruby programmers, especially those who prefer looking things up in a book over using the Internet.
Published 20 months ago by Melanie Shebel
5.0 out of 5 stars The definitive tome
As in previous editions, "Programming Ruby 1.9" covers the Ruby language and standard libraries in thorough detail. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Calamitous
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for learning Ruby and as a reference
This is an excellent purchase for those who want to learn Ruby or work with the language. It teaches you everything you need to know step by step, clearly. Read more
Published on April 8, 2012 by CFS
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect book for Ruby users, need some advanced topics
I bought this book because reading a paper-back book is more comfortable than the online book on ruby-doc. Read more
Published on March 20, 2012 by Xiaoge Su
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book
Great 'must read' book. Really appreciated all the hard work for authors to write this book. Highly recommend for reading.
Published on January 11, 2012 by Bogdan Kulbida
5.0 out of 5 stars Ótima Picareta.
Gostei muito do livro, fácil entendimento aborda deste coisa simples até mais complexas. Agrada a todos os gostos.
Published on August 3, 2010 by Marcello Henrique
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