- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (February 4, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0596516177
- ISBN-13: 978-0596516178
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 95 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Ruby Programming Language: Everything You Need to Know 1st Edition
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Yukihiro Matsumoto ("Matz"), the creator of Ruby, is a professional programmer who worked for the Japanese open source company, netlab.jp. Matz is also known as one of the open source evangelists in Japan. He's released several open source products, including cmail, the emacs-based mail user agent, written entirely in emacs lisp. Ruby is his first piece of software that has become known outside of Japan.
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If you want the ebook, you can pay an extra $4.99 to upgrade it and get additional DRM-free formats. This is done through O'Reilly's website (theirs a link in the ebook to take you straight to the upgrade page). There's more info about the upgrade in the ebook, but basically it gives you updated versions of the ebook in DRM-free apk (android), DAISY, ePub, mobi (Kindle), and PDF formats.
I recommend the upgrade because the PDF is formatted and looks just like the physical book, and the sample code does not wrap lines.
This upgrade makes the total cost of the ebook just about the same as the physical book at Amazon's $23.99 pricing.
All in all, it's a little disappointing that the ebook isn't formatted to avoid wrapping lines with the sample code, but the upgrade is nice and offers a PDF that doesn't wrap the sample code. The upgrade didn't really add much to the cost, and it's still much less than the $40 list price for the physical book.
In the end, I'd probably just recommend getting the physical book for $23.99, but the ebook is fine, too.
To conclude, the book is great (O'Reilly books usually are), but if you want the ebook, just be aware of the sample wrapping code. The book is a fantastic way to learn Ruby.
The book has enough detail to help you understand why, for example, symbols are useful as hash keys in Ruby, reminding you that objects are mutable so strings could be problematic in some cases. There is sufficient commentary to understand the reason behind some choices in the design of Ruby and to help programmers experienced in other languages navigate what seem like odd peculiarities and recontextualize them in the Ruby way of thinking.
Unlike the Pickaxe, which tries to be everything from an OOP introduction to a complete library reference, this book focuses on concisely documenting the Ruby language. If you're looking to learn how to program, look elsewhere - the Pickaxe is a much better choice. On the other hand, if you're already familiar with OOP concepts, this book (along with [...]) is all you really need to understand the language.
Of note, the book is also very current, covering both Ruby 1.8 and 1.9. As such things go, this is about as future-proof as it gets - it will remain current for years.
I can't really stress enough how well-written this book is. The authors don't overwhelm you with jargon, nor do they bury important details between fluff and analogies - I find it to be the perfect balance of density and legibility. Seldom do I find technical references such a joy to read.
In short, if you work with Ruby (or plan to in the future), you really should buy this book. You won't regret it.
So i can not recommend enough to pick up the book and start learning!