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Ruby in Practice Book

Nilesh Raje
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I am Java programmer and try to learn Ruby to add something on my resume. "Ruby in Practice" will help me jump start on Ruby so I can take on Rails quickly.
Please consider me for the Book give Away )


Orjan Petersson

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Nilesh Raje wrote:... "Ruby in Practice" will help me jump start on Ruby so I can take on Rails quickly...

Well, according to the publisher's web site this book it is not an introduction to Ruby. For that, go for example with the pickaxe book "Programming Ruby 1.9: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide" by Dave Thomas, with Chad Fowler and Andy Hunt.
To start with Rails, a popular choice is "Agile Web Development with Rails" by Sam Ruby, Dave Thomas, David Heinemeier Hansson, et al (which contains a short introduction to Ruby)
(No, I don't have any connection to "The Pragmatic Programmers" except as a satisfied customer)
Tina Ma
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Ruby is very easy if you already know Java. Syntaxes are a little different, more compact and using variables are much easier. Personally I feel, the content of the book seems very OK for a person who already has a base in OO concepts.

SCJP 1.4, SCWCD 1.4
Nilesh Raje
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Hey thanks a ton for the information guys.!
Jeremy McAnally

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You would probably do well to read a quick start tutorial on Ruby or my free book about Ruby:

As I've noted in other threads, Ruby in Practice is really meant to be read after you have a basic understanding of Ruby. It answers the question "I know what?"
Bear Bibeault
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Nilesh Raje wrote:Please consider me for the Book give Away

Winners are chosen by random drawing from eligible posts. Posts such as this are not eligible. Please ask good questions about the book or the book's subject to be considered for the drawing.
I agree. Here's the link:
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