I'm very happy to be involved in this event, and I'll do my best to answer your questions and comments. I'm going to be traveling and consulting the rest of this week, so my reply sessions will probably be bunched early and/or late in the day -- but I'll definitely be here!
Ruby training coming up in September! David A. Black and Erik Kastner team up for fast-paced, four-day Ruby intro, in New Jersey, September 14-17. See http://rubyurl.com/vmzN or contact David.
I haven't been here in a year or probably more. But when I saw David was the guest I wanted to stop by. I've just finished my second reading of The Well-Grounded Rubyist and thoroughly enjoyed it. For me it's the best book I've read on Ruby, though it may also be that this is partially due to the fact that I've also read Ruby for Rails, Programming Ruby and The Ruby Programming Language and this book just clarifies all that I've picked up from them.
I don't think that's the case though and even if it was that would make it very valuable. More likely this is just one very fine book, especially for people somewhat knew to Ruby.
Hope you enjoy your visit David.
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