Eloquent Ruby (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 1st Edition
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About the Author
Russ Olsen’s career spans three decades, during which he has written everything from graphics device drivers to document management applications. These days, he diligently codes GIS, web service security, and process automation solutions. He spends much of his otherwise free time writing and speaking about programming, especially Ruby and Clojure. His first book was the highly regarded Design Patterns In Ruby (Addison-Wesley, 2007). He is also the lurking presence behind the Technology As If People Mattered blog at www.russolsen.com.
- Publisher : Addison-Wesley Professional; 1st edition (February 11, 2011)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0321584104
- ISBN-13 : 978-0321584106
- Item Weight : 1.52 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.9 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #396,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My main reason for giving it four stars instead of five is that this edition is a bit dated (it focuses on Ruby 1.9) and the content while broad in scope is not as in depth as I'd hoped for. Also, it should be noted that Eloquent Ruby is written more like a reference book than a "how-to" or textbook (ie - while Russ Olsen does offer real world examples at the end of chapters, this book is not written with the express purpose of teaching you how to code using the Ruby programming language, or giving you multiple or one large scale "project" to work through with the authors guidance).
The Kindle version could be a little bit easier to read, but the material is top-notch.
this book elucidates A LOT of the basic ruby-isms that i've encountered in the wild and really helped me build some foundation. a basic, but useful, intro to blocks, metaprogramming, and many other ruby-isms. a must-have for those learning, and/or looking to solidify their ruby.
Every chapter has something new that I vaguely know but don't completely understand, for instance symbols vs strings. And yes I am confused between the two and exactly as the author predicted I was trying to overwrite a hash symbol with its string equivalent. I am still 1/4 way but I am positive that this will be a great $30 investment.
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Learning to write the language in an eloquent way that best suits it, using the accepted phrases and conventions unlocks the power of the language.
This is more than a style guide; it shows you how to write good ruby code.