The Ruby Way: Solutions and Techniques in Ruby Programming (3rd Edition) (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series) 3rd Edition
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Praise for The Ruby Way, Third Edition
“Sticking to its tried and tested formula of cutting right to the techniques the modern day Rubyist needs to know, the latest edition of The Ruby Way keeps its strong reputation going for the latest generation of the Ruby language.”
Editor of Ruby Weekly
“The authors’ excellent work and meticulous attention to detail continues in this latest update; this book remains an outstanding reference for the beginning Ruby programmer– as well as the seasoned developer who needs a quick refresh on Ruby. Highly recommended for anyone interested in Ruby programming.”
Praise for Previous Editions of The Ruby Way
“Among other things, this book excels at explaining metaprogramming, one of the most interesting aspects of Ruby. Many of the early ideas for Rails were inspired by the first edition, especially what is now Chapter 11. It puts you on a rollercoaster ride between ‘How could I use this?’ and ‘This is so cool!’ Once you get on that rollercoaster, there’s no turning back.”
David Heinemeier Hansson
Creator of Ruby on Rails,
Founder at Basecamp
“The appearance of the second edition of this classic book is an exciting event for Rubyists–and for lovers of superb technical writing in general. Hal Fulton brings a lively erudition and an engaging, lucid style to bear on a thorough and meticulously exact exposition of Ruby. You palpably feel the presence of a teacher who knows a tremendous amount and really wants to help you know it too.”
David Alan Black
Author of The Well-Grounded Rubyist
“This is an excellent resource for gaining insight into how and why Ruby works. Assomeone who has worked with Ruby for several years, I still found it full of new tricks and techniques. It’s accessible both as a straight read and as a reference that one can dip into and learn something new.”
Agile software pioneer
“Ruby’s a wonderful language–but sometimes you just want to get something done. Hal’s book gives you the solution and teaches a good bit about why that solution is good Ruby.”
Chief Scientist, ThoughtWorks
Author of Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture
About the Author
Hal Fulton first began using Ruby in 1999. In 2001, he started work on The Ruby Way, which was the second Ruby book published in English. Fulton was an attendee at the very first Ruby conference in 2001 and has presented at numerous other Ruby conferences on three continents, including the first European Ruby Conference in 2003. He holds two degrees in computer science from the University of Mississippi and taught computer science for four years. He has worked for more than 25 years with various forms of UNIX and Linux. He is now at Simpli.fi in Fort Worth, Texas, where he works primarily in Ruby.
André Arko first encountered Ruby as a student in 2004, and reading the first edition of this book helped him decide to pursue a career as a Ruby programmer. He is team lead of Bundler, the Ruby dependency manager, and has created or contributes to dozens of other open source projects. He works at Cloud City Development as a consultant providing team training and expertise on Ruby and Rails as well as developing web applications.
André enjoys sharing hard-won knowledge and experience with other developers, and has spoken at over a dozen Ruby conferences on four continents. He is a regular volunteer at RailsBridge and RailsGirls programming outreach events, and works to increase diversity and inclusiveness in both the Ruby community and technology as a field. He lives in San Francisco, California.
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So, I was overjoyed to find this new 3rd edition, fully updated to Ruby v2.x! When my copy arrived, I was further elated to find that Fulton, together with his current co-author, André Arko, have taken the time and effort to fully update the book's content and organization -- far from "just a few tweaks" to justify cashing in on another edition, this new 3rd edition of The Ruby Way provides thoughtful, timely and relevant content, faithful to the style, purpose and quality of the earlier editions, but even better in so many ways.
As an example, the authors' presentation of the basic issues of "Internationalization in Ruby" (comprising chapter 4) is one of the best expositions of, or about, this complex topic. Fulton and Arko neatly summarize the essential problem, provide the motivation for why-do-it, introduce several approaches to multi-language design, and neatly highlight the basic Ruby approach and tools for implementing I18N in a project or product. This chapter alone is worth the price of this edition.
Other strong and valuable chapters include the ones on regexes (chapter 3), working with date and time data (chapter 7), enumerables and other advanced data structures (chapters 8, 9 and 10), a practical overview of GUI toolkits for Ruby (12), a great getting-started chapter on scripting and sys-admin with Ruby (14)... Well, there's really not a dud in the whole book.
With the earlier editions, Fulton emphasized that The Ruby Way was never intended to be a Ruby language primer or beginner's/learner's training guide; instead the focus was (and remains) on language idiom, best practices, and practical guidance on the application of Ruby to problems both generic and specific. In this, I think he and Arko have succeeded again -- other reviewers generally and enthusiastically agree with this. And now that this new, updated edition of The Ruby Way is available, it goes back on my own list of the top-essential books about Ruby. Warmly recommended to anyone interested in this great language.
I've been studying Ruby for one year and half and this book was the best I found so far.
I started reading this series at the second edition and was one of those lectures that really pleased me.
The author gives a complete view of the Ruby programming languages, and makes us see how to use it the way it was designed for.
Ruby may well prove to be right up my alley, since I have worked with extensible software (two meta-assembles, one for the Univac 1107 and one I wrote myself -- PLASM and also a compiler generator from a BNF language description.).