Ruby books designed especially for beginngers

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I'm reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer's Guide. I'm
still at "Notation Conventions" and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don't even know what a class is.

Would "Little Book of Ruby" be more suitable?

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Kaye Ng wrote:

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I'm reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer's Guide. I'm
still at "Notation Conventions" and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don't even know what a class is.

Would "Little Book of Ruby" be more suitable?

How about http://pragprog.com/titles/ltp2/learn-to-program-2nd-edition ?

m

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Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 17:14:30 +0900
From: sbstn26@yahoo.com
Subject: Ruby books designed especially for beginngers
To: ruby-talk@ruby-lang.org

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I'm reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer's Guide. I'm
still at "Notation Conventions" and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don't even know what a class is.

Would "Little Book of Ruby" be more suitable?
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I've been programming for 43 years and am just starting to learn Ruby.
Unless you have a specific need to learn an object-oriented language,
you might be better off with one of the simpler languages first.
Object-oriented languages appeared after I'd been programming for many
years, and I found them something of a hurdle, but that may be because
I was steeped in the traditional languages.

You might also do well to find somewhere to get a "proper"
introduction to programming, maybe an evening class or something like
that.

I was lucky as my school was one of the very first to adopt "Computer
Programming" as part of its syllabus in the 1960's, so I got an
excellent grounding, and have enjoyed programming ever since.

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On Sat, 24 Jul 2010 03:14:30 -0500, Kaye Ng <sbstn26@yahoo.com> wrote:

Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

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Steve Swift
http://www.swiftys.org.uk/swifty.html
http://www.ringers.org.uk

I agree. This is why I wrote my own intro to Ruby, one that *starts*
with what a class is.

http://www.apeth.com/rubyIntro/justenoughruby.html

m.

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Kaye Ng <sbstn26@yahoo.com> wrote:

I'm reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer's Guide. I'm
still at "Notation Conventions" and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don't even know what a class is.

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Kaye,

A book that I thought might be appropriate for you was the Visual
Quickstart Guide series, called "Ruby, Learn Ruby the Quick and Easy
Way", by Larry Ullman.

It seems good on explaining the language, but it lacks much more than
trivial examples, with few exceptions.

You can buy it used on Amazon, pretty cheaply.

Hope this helps.
Steve.

Kaye Ng wrote:

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Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I'm reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer's Guide. I'm
still at "Notation Conventions" and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don't even know what a class is.

Would "Little Book of Ruby" be more suitable?

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Brian Maricks Everyday Scripting with Ruby is a good choice, as well as
Learn to Program by Chris Pine which has already been mentioned.

There are a few other beginner ruby books that dont often get mentioned:
Beginning Ruby 2nd Edition by Peter Cooper (it is big though).

There are also quite a few free PDF Ruby books out there, but I dont know
of any that target the novice programmer (only the novice *ruby* programmer)

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On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM, chris williams <chrisw_88@hotmail.com>wrote:

http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Free-425-Page-Ruby-eBook

> Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 17:14:30 +0900
> From: sbstn26@yahoo.com
> Subject: Ruby books designed especially for beginngers
> To: ruby-talk@ruby-lang.org
>
> Hey experts, i need your advice.
>
> Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
> for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
> programming.

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Wow thanks for sharing

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Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 17:14:30 +0900
From: sbstn26@yahoo.com
Subject: Ruby books designed especially for beginngers
To: ruby-talk@ruby-lang.org

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I'm reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer's Guide. I'm
still at "Notation Conventions" and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don't even know what a class is.

Would "Little Book of Ruby" be more suitable?
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Thanks everyone! Truly appreciate it!

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Also, check AbeBooks, www.abebooks.com - one of my Ruby books was
purchased for £0.75

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On Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:46:55 -0500, "Steve P." <stevepauly@comcast.net> wrote:

You can buy it used on Amazon, pretty cheaply.

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http://www.swiftys.org.uk/swifty.html
http://www.ringers.org.uk

To be honest, I picked up ruby from the pickaxe after picking up programming in general from K&R. I think if you're just starting to learn programming, K&R is the best book available.

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On Jul 24, 2010, at 9:21 AM 7/24/10, Richard Conroy wrote:

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM, chris williams <chrisw_88@hotmail.com>wrote:

http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Free-425-Page-Ruby-eBook

Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 17:14:30 +0900
From: sbstn26@yahoo.com
Subject: Ruby books designed especially for beginngers
To: ruby-talk@ruby-lang.org

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

Brian Maricks Everyday Scripting with Ruby is a good choice, as well as
Learn to Program by Chris Pine which has already been mentioned.

There are a few other beginner ruby books that dont often get mentioned:
Beginning Ruby 2nd Edition by Peter Cooper (it is big though).

There are also quite a few free PDF Ruby books out there, but I dont know
of any that target the novice programmer (only the novice *ruby* programmer)
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Um, K&R teaches C, not programming, so it thus wouldn't be a primer
resource to learn how to program as a beginner, in Ruby with.

A good beginner book to Ruby would probably be pickaxe, or "Learn to
Program", http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram

Good luck.

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On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 12:44:43AM +0900, James Harrison wrote:

On Jul 24, 2010, at 9:21 AM 7/24/10, Richard Conroy wrote:

> On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM, chris williams <chrisw_88@hotmail.com>wrote:
>
>>
>> http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Free-425-Page-Ruby-eBook
>>
>>> Date: Sat, 24 Jul 2010 17:14:30 +0900
>>> From: sbstn26@yahoo.com
>>> Subject: Ruby books designed especially for beginngers
>>> To: ruby-talk@ruby-lang.org
>>>
>>> Hey experts, i need your advice.
>>>
>>> Can anyone tell me if there's a Ruby ebook that's designed especially
>>> for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
>>> programming.
>>
>
> Brian Maricks Everyday Scripting with Ruby is a good choice, as well as
> Learn to Program by Chris Pine which has already been mentioned.
>
> There are a few other beginner ruby books that dont often get mentioned:
> Beginning Ruby 2nd Edition by Peter Cooper (it is big though).
>
> There are also quite a few free PDF Ruby books out there, but I dont know
> of any that target the novice programmer (only the novice *ruby* programmer)
> --
> http://richardconroy.blogspot.com

To be honest, I picked up ruby from the pickaxe after picking up programming in general from K&R. I think if you're just starting to learn programming, K&R is the best book available.