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It book does not teach as much as describe Ruby in excruciating detail. If flannagan already know another programming language or already know Ruby, you should be ok if you don’t fall asleep or if you only dip in to it for just the bits you need. If you’re just starting out, you’ll want to look for a gentle introduction, which this is absolutely not.

There are no exercises and no hand-holding. The author assumes you already know how to program and are familiar with a lot of programming jargon and matskmoto.

Be aware that this book only covers Ruby 1.

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As of this review July 18,the latest stable version of Ruby is 2. It is hard to write well about Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. It is hard to write well about coding but this book matsuomto it. Good balance between examples and explanatory text. Only problem is that its fast getting dated. There are lengthy sections explaining the difference between version 1.


The Ruby Programming Language is an amazing book. It is a full comprehensive rby to the language including many advanced topics and is ideal for any programmer who wants to master the Ruby language.

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He does the same to warn about things that are different or reversed to avoid confusion, flanagqn. The book is sectioned and organized masterfully making topics easy to find and forward and backward references found throughout the book are helpful instead of a hinderance.

The book may have to be read mostly in order for someone who has no previous experience in Ruby, but the topics are contained well enough so that someone looking to hone their skills in certain areas can find what they need very easily. In the extremely rare event that there is an error in the book it is always something like the font appearing too close together or a misspelling in a comment in one of the code examples. Literally, the worst error in the book is that in flanafan code example the author ended a sentence in a flanaan with a comma by mistake instead of a period.

Ruby is a very powerful and flanagn language. As such the book covers some advanced logical material but the author is considerate enough to warn the reader ahead of time. Chapter 8 in particular, and in the interest of being complete, covers some Flaanagan techniques that many readers might not ever need to use or know. It’s there for you if you need it.

The code examples are concise, well documented even more so in potentially confusing areasand structured beautifully. In fact, this book has inspired me to break an 11 year silence in technical book reviews.

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 [ Of note, the book is also very current, covering both Ruby 1. 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 futureyou really should buy this book. You won’t regret it.

If you’ve internalized some other modern object oriented programming language and want to learn Ruby I doubt a better resource exists. I haven’t, of course, read all the books or pdfs out there on Ruby, but I know that this book is as near an approximation of the ideal organization of programming knowledge that I have encountered.

In my worldview that translates into ‘dense with value’ and ‘high value on the dollar’. And that is the final impression left upon this reviewer. This book has a feel of quality and value to it that few of my thousands of books possess O’Reilly typically uses quality paper and their books’ binding rarely fails for me and this book promises to be no exception. The book is a jewel of modern culture and in my opinion belongs in a museum alongside other great works of human achievement as an exemplar of a ryu of human specialization.

With these three books and the network of tubes you will be as well equipped to learn a web development framework as is currently possible. See all 95 reviews.

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