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[ruby in practice] WHy this book?

Amr Elssamadisy
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Joined: Sep 08, 2008
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Hi guys,

There are many, many books on Ruby. What makes yours standout?

Thanks - Amr

[edited to add title so this thread makes sense after the promo is over]


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Tina Ma
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Joined: Nov 29, 2007
Posts: 198
May be I did not look in at the right place, but I have been trying to find a good book on Ruby since I started learning the language, and have not found one yet. Can you refer me an affordable quick reference kind of book on this language?


Tina
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Matt Williams
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Joined: Feb 06, 2008
Posts: 14
Are you looking for a reference manual, an intro to the language, or a cookbook? Also, what do you define as inexpensive?
Tina Ma
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Joined: Nov 29, 2007
Posts: 198
I have read a lot of tutorials and etcs....I am looking for a good guide-book which covers all the necessary topics related to ror development in one place.
Michael Sullivan
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Joined: Dec 26, 2003
Posts: 235
why not try Agile Development With Rails, 2nd ed? It's moderately priced at around $15 - and is a great guide book. The first half has you building a web-app with Rails, the second half goes in-depth covering the different framework components. I've found it to be very useful.

Thanks!
Jeremy McAnally
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Joined: Feb 09, 2009
Posts: 19
I think our book stands out because it answers a question that few books actually ask: "I know the language...now what?" Very rarely are there practical thoughts given to what you can actually do with a language. Usually you're fed arbitrary code examples with little relation to what you'd actually use the language for. In this case, though, we spent a lot of time making sure that we teach you how to get things done in Ruby.

As for actually learning Ruby, I'd recommend Manning's "The Well Grounded Rubyist" (coming soon) or my free Ruby book http://humblelittlerubybook.com. The former will obviously be much more in depth, but if you don't have the cash for it, then please enjoy the free book!
Matt Williams
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Joined: Feb 06, 2008
Posts: 14
I, too, would recommend Mr Neighborly's Humble Little Ruby Book. It's quite good, both in the free (and not-free) versions.
 
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