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Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts: Useful Scripts that Solve Difficult Problems Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-1593271824 ISBN-10: 1593271824 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: No Starch Press; 1 edition (December 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1593271824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1593271824
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #961,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts Mr. Pugh uses simple but functional example scripts, and then dissects them in detail so that the reader understands exactly what each part of the script does...I give Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts a big thumbs-up."

"I like Steve's style. The foreword and introduction are succinct and to the point. His style and tone are very accessible and the book is informative throughout." --LinuxPlanet

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"I like Steve's style. The foreword and introduction are succinct and to the point. His style and tone are very accessible and the book is informative throughout."

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Chris Gates on May 4, 2009
Format: Paperback
Thanks to No Starch Press for my review copy!

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Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts provides 58 scripts that offer quick solutions to problems like system administration, manipulating images, and managing a website. After getting your feet wet creating simple scripts to automate tasks like file compression and decompression, you'll learn how to create powerful web crawlers, security scripts, and full-fledged libraries and applications, as well as how to:

* Rename files, disable processes, change permissions, and modify users
* Manipulate strings, encrypt files, and sort efficiently
* Validate web links, check for orphan files, and generate forms
* Mass edit photos, extract image information, and create thumbnails
* Parse CSV files and scrape links, images, and pages from the Web

Ruby is a highly extendable and sometimes confusing language especially when you throw in all the various rubygems out there. Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts provides many examples on how to use the various gems to script together quick hacks (wicked scripts) to various problems one may encounter.

Steve walks us through the problem we are trying to solve, the the code to solve the problem, how to run the code, what the results look like, a lengthy discussion on how it works and "hacking the script" with ideas on how to extend what we wrote. All the code is well commented (see the sample chapter on No Starch Press) and well explained.

Pros:
Easy and fun to read, font is readable, doesn't contain pages and pages of uncommented code, source code is available, companion website exists, and the book left me with memorable ways to remember and use the material.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dustin Whittier on December 9, 2008
Format: Paperback
If you are just getting into Ruby or even have been using code for sometime, this is a great book for all! It is full of a ton of useful and functional examples of code, perfect for expediting that learning curve and trying to solve that problem you've been working on for weeks.

As another user commented, it serves as a great reference book and also a fun and interesting read.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Hirsch on January 4, 2009
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I'm not sure who the intended audience is for this series of books from No Starch but even a junior developer will find these books elementary. A much better choice is the Ruby Cookbook in the oreilly series. Not only is it 4 times the size but it is densely packed with code snippets that go beyond the silly "generate lotto numbers" variety of this text.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Garcia on October 12, 2011
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I bought this book a few weeks ago. My boss asked me to learn Ruby so I could give a hand to some colleagues in a project that was running late. The book is a simple collection of scripts written in Ruby. However, I do not regret my purchase at all. If you already "speak" some programming language, the book is a great tool to learn Ruby. No boring introduction to syntax, variables, classes and the like. Just nice and useful scripts to learn by example. Need to learn socket I/O? Check the Servers section. Need to code some algorithm? Check chapter 9. Encrypt/Decrypt files? Manipulate images? Scrap a website? Parse XML? You'll find examples for everything. It even has a chapter on writing extensions to metasploit, which was unexpected but very convenient for me since I do pentesting from time to time.

For every script in the book you'll find how to run the code, the output it produces, an explanation of how it works and some hints on how to hack the script for your own needs.

Summing up. If you are looking for an in-depth guide to the Ruby language, then this book is not the best option. But if you already know some programming language and need to learn Ruby quick and by example, the book is a great choice.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Van Osterom on December 6, 2008
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Lots of code examples for just about every scenario you may find yourself involved in, plus great explanations of what is happening with the code. This is not a Ruby 101 book, rather a great desk reference for the serious Ruby programmer looking for a "better way".
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