Beginner to Ruby

Hello to all Ruby members, I am eager to learn Ruby for Rails…
I just bought the book “Ruby For Rails” by David A. Black
Is it good enough for the beginner like me to start with this book
Please Suggest…

I started learning a little over a year ago. Although I have a long
way to go, I can look back and see that creating an example app that
was in the book (Agile Web D. with Rails, Third Edition),
really helped me to learn what RoR can do. From there, I read through
the details of the language while starting to build my own app. It’s a
slow process, learning while coding, and frustrating at times because
it can take forever to figure out how to do the simplest thing BUT…
slowly but surely, I’m learning. Whatever you decide to read, just
stick with it. Good luck!

Akshay,

Personally, I liked Ruby on Rails: Up and Running (http://
www.amazon.com/Ruby-Rails-Running-Bruce-Tate/dp/0596101325). The
reviews on Amazon are mixed, but let me say it this way: as a stand-
alone book, it will not teach you the in-depth aspects of Rails
development. What it WILL do is let you, in an afternoon, fire through
an entire book and build an application quickly.

I love the Agile Web D. with Rails book. Absolutely love it.
But it’s a decently large book that does take some time to get through
because it covers all the bases. If you read the RoR: Up and Running
book, learn the Rails environment and how these apps work, then go
back and read the Agile book to get a deeper understanding, I think
you’ll be in good shape.

Just my $.02! Good luck and welcome to the RoR community.

  • Alan

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I haven’t read the book you bought. But Why’s (poignant) Guide to
Ruby is a pretty good free beginners book. It is also pretty fun to
read.

http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/

It’s a fine book but if you’re totally new you might want to check
beginning ruby: novice to professional by Peter C… It’s very
clear and concise and more up-to-date.

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On Jan 16, 2010, at 5:02 AM, Akshay N. [email protected]

csuper wrote:

I haven’t read the book you bought. But Why’s (poignant) Guide to
Ruby is a pretty good free beginners book. It is also pretty fun to
read.

http://mislav.uniqpath.com/poignant-guide/

It’s a fun read, but I didn’t find it terribly useful for learning. I
basically just taught myself from Programming Ruby.

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