Need a ruby book


(Victor Manuel Reyes Viloria) #1

#Well, I really need a ruby book; something to grab hold of and occasionly
#through against a wall. Looking over the mailing list archives, there
#seems to be a lot of comments about ruby books. I have both Programming
#Perl and the Perl Cookbook; I think something on the lines of Programming
#Perl for ruby is what I want. Think I’ll have to try and a find bookstore
#that actually has the books and then look at them…

Kurt

Well, you could do what I did: I bought all the Ruby books I found when I
did my search.
Here is a list of currently list at amazon.com

Programming Ruby: A Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide
Ruby Developer’s Guide
The Ruby Way
Ruby In A Nutshell
Sams Teach Yourself Ruby in 21 Days
The Ruby Programming Language (With CD-ROM)
Making Use of Ruby

Victor


(Bill Tihen) #2

Hi Victor,

So that not all of have to buy all of the books would you like to
provide a mini-review of each book – I would appreciate it?

Bill

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On Sat, 2002-06-08 at 13:23, Victor Manuel Reyes Viloria wrote:

Well, you could do what I did: I bought all the Ruby books I found when I
did my search.


Bill Tihen


(Kurt Hindenburg) #3

I noticed that Matz has a new book being released this month. I wonder if
I should wait for it…

http://shop.barnesandnoble.com/bookSearch/isbnInquiry.asp?isbn=020171096X

Ruby Programming Language with Cdrom
Yukio Matz Matsumoto

Ruby Programming Language with Cdrom Format: Paperback, 496pp.
ISBN: 020171096X
Publisher: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.
Pub. Date: June 2002
Edition Desc: BK&CD-ROM

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Hi Victor,

So that not all of have to buy all of the books would you like to
provide a mini-review of each book – I would appreciate it?

Bill

On Sat, 2002-06-08 at 13:23, Victor Manuel Reyes Viloria wrote:

Well, you could do what I did: I bought all the Ruby books I found when I
did my search.


Bill Tihen


(Aidan) #4

Bill Tihen wrote:

So that not all of have to buy all of the books would you like to
provide a mini-review of each book – I would appreciate it?

Hop over to amazon.com and amazon.co.uk. There are reviews of The Ruby
Way and The Develper’s Guide by my humble self and others.

But to cut it short - everyone should own Programming Ruby as their
first Ruby reference.

Hal Fulton writes well and his book, Ruby Way, is an excellent
collection of HOWTOs following the model of the Perl Cookbook (or my,
sadly out of print, Perl5 ;). The only defect of the “Way” is that
REXML and DBI are not covered. Non DBI database access is covered.

Ruby Developer’s guide dives in where Hal’s book leaves off (there is
some overlap but nowhere near enogh to make the books mutually
exclusive purchases). If Ruby Way is “Ruby as a better Perl or Python”,
then RDG is “Ruby as an alternative Java or C++”. Its not quite as well
written as the Way, and is typeset badly, in a needlessly large font,
to give that 4Cm spine, so beloved of pre-O’Reilly computer
publications. Despite that RDG is an exciting book and ther are few
computerbooks that deserve that adjective.

RDG covers those areas where Ruby really begins to turn "difficult"
programming into fun programming - database access, XML processing,
SOAP, XML-RPC, distributed Ruby, parser generation, Ruby GUIs, Math
programming etc etc. Read this book and have your Soap server up and
running while the .NET and Java prorammers are still reading the
manual.

Matz’s OReilly book is a very condensed reference. Definative, of
course, but the material is largely covered by Programming Ruby. I
believe both books are available under the OpenBook license.

Aidan.


(Tobi Reif) #5

Aidan wrote:

Ruby Developer’s guide dives in where Hal’s book leaves off (there is
some overlap but nowhere near enogh to make the books mutually
exclusive purchases).

… to not make… ?

Anyways: Did I understand you correctly in saying that both books are
worth purchasing together?

Tobi

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