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Book Recommendations: Ruby

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Ruby is one of those languages that you start to use and wonder why this feels so natural.

It's a new language for you, a new development environment probably, a new set of idioms and standards and yet you feel right at home.

That's Ruby.

I've decided to compile a list of some of the good books on Ruby you should read to learn, and if you feel like it, master then language.

These are books for Ruby! Not the Ruby on Rails framework. It's best if you get your bearings on the language itself, then see what the framework can offer you. :)

Programming Ruby 1.9: The Pragmatic Programmers' Guide

Also known as the 'pickaxe book' because of its cover, this book is a very solid starting point for the language. It assumes no prior knowledge of the language and takes its time showing you the ins and outs of what makes Ruby different.

This is the book I read first and it did a good job of showing me the different data types ruby has, how classes work and generally showed me a good time doing nifty tricks, the Ruby way.

It's a pretty large book at 1000 pages, well worth the money. :)

Head First Rails

As many of you have probably read a Head First book at some point, you probably know that these books are very easy to approach. They assume no prior knowledge and have lots of pictures and mind connections that'll help you remember what you read.

I know I said I wouldn't list RoR books, but this book gives a solid enough introduction to Ruby that it deserved a mention.

It's simple, to the point and gives you working examples. Probably a good bet for new Ruby programmers.

The Well-Gounded Rubyist

Once you've gotten your feet wet and feel comfortable with the language, now is the time you're supposed to sharpen your axe and really start making gems (heh). This book will teach you about The Ruby Way and how to streamline your approach to make great software with Ruby.

If you have any other book recommendations share with the community in the comments section. Be sure to tell us why you enjoyed the book!

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10 May 2011 - 09:00 AM
Always gotta love threads reviewing books. Saves us the trouble going around the net finding reviews ourselves. Thanks.


11 May 2011 - 02:12 PM
Grounded* =p

Sergio Tapia 

11 May 2011 - 02:19 PM
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