Mr. Neighborly's Humble Little Ruby Book is now available

Hello everyone,
Sorry for popping in like this with a commercial, but I’m excited that
I’m finally finished! :slight_smile:

I just finished up my Ruby book, which is the first of two volumes
that will eventually grow into my Ruby/Rails book. It’s a short (144
pages in all), learning Ruby book that walks you through the steps to
learn Ruby from the basics like variable assignment and flow control
to using XML-RPC, databases, and more.

It’s available in print for $10 and eBook for $5 at its website,
http://www.humblelittlerubybook.com/ . I’ve had a few ask about a
print/eBook bundle; buy the print book and then forward me an invoice
or something and I’ll get you a gift certificate for the eBook.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. :slight_smile:

–Jeremy

On Tuesday 19 September 2006 22:17, Jeremy McAnally wrote:

It’s available in print for $10 and eBook for $5 at its website,
http://www.humblelittlerubybook.com/ . I’ve had a few ask about a
print/eBook bundle; buy the print book and then forward me an invoice
or something and I’ll get you a gift certificate for the eBook.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. :slight_smile:

Is there an excerpt available somewhere?

Regards,

Alex

Sure thing; click on the print link on
http://www.humblelittlerubybook.com/ and then click on the print link,
then “preview this book.” Or, go here:
http://www.lulu.com/browse/preview.php?fCID=433384

Thanks :slight_smile:
Jeremy

On 9/19/06, Jeremy McAnally [email protected] wrote:

Hello everyone,
Sorry for popping in like this with a commercial, but I’m excited that
I’m finally finished! :slight_smile:

I just finished up my Ruby book, which is the first of two volumes
that will eventually grow into my Ruby/Rails book. It’s a short (144
pages in all), learning Ruby book that walks you through the steps to
learn Ruby from the basics like variable assignment and flow control
to using XML-RPC, databases, and more.

Interesting. Vaguely off topic but have you seen what the book looks
like in print? I was considering using Lulu.com for the Ruport Recipe
book once it is completed, along with some other things, but haven’t
seen any books produced by them yet?

I’m just curious if the quality of the printing is decent.

From the preview, your book looks neat. I might need to check it out,
if only to see how Lulu’s service is :slight_smile:

On Tuesday 19 September 2006 22:57, Jeremy McAnally wrote:

Sure thing; click on the print link on
http://www.humblelittlerubybook.com/ and then click on the print link,
then “preview this book.” Or, go here:
http://www.lulu.com/browse/preview.php?fCID=433384

Thanks :slight_smile:
Jeremy

Ah, I only checked the ebook version, which lacks a link to a preview.
Now, I
hate to be a whiner but I think the first chapter is a poor choice for a
preview. A prospective purchaser checking out the preview wants to know

does this author’s style suit me? Does it cover topics at the level and
depth
I’m looking for? The getting started and background bit doesn’t really
show
that. Just my 2 cents, I have no idea if you get any choice in this
regard.

Great price point by the way. I keep meaning to have a good look at
Lulu. It
looks very attractive (perhaps 25% of your cut is a little much for
digital
downloads, but it does include payment processing…), I’ve done some
searching and can’t find any mention of DRM, so can I assume the PDFs
are
DRM-free?

Provided the pdf is drm free, I’ll certainly be giving this a whirl.
Different
approaches to introducing programming languages are always interesting.

Regards,

Alex

Gregory B. wrote:

I have an Axiom manual printed by (and purchased from) Lulu. It is well
bound and well printed. I’d recommend them based on that.

Thanks for the input; I just put that up as a test to make sure it
worked. I think you’re definitely right. I’ll make a change tonight
to include a cut from two chapters rather than simply the first.

WRT to Lulu, I’ve seen one of their color books. The printing was
so-so for what the person was doing (a photo book on non-glossy paper
= not a good idea), but it seemed like an actually really good quality
job in general. The binding was tight and the paper decent weight,
much like you would expect from a “traditional” publisher.

The PDFs are DRM free since I generated them myself, and I wouldn’t
ever want to put DRM on them. :slight_smile:

Thanks for the suggestion and thanks for checking my book out.

–Jeremy

Hi Jeremy,

You book looks very nice. I’ll definitely have to get a copy. It looks
like it might be a nice aid for proselytizing the unwashed masses of
Java programmers and the like. :wink: Plus you get a dancing ficus?! Word.

Regards,
Jordan

[I’m cross-posting this on the Rails and Ruby lists]

Hey everyone,
Sorry for the extra traffic, but If you downloaded the eBook of my
book, please go and do so again. I would’ve sent a direct e-mail, but
the distribution site doesn’t give me access to any sort of contact
information.

Apparently, when I uploaded it, it messed up the PDF somehow. If you
viewed it in Adobe, it was fine. Using evince, Foxit, or anything
else crashed or just showed a whole lot of blank pages. I’m not sure
what happened, but it should be fixed now. I should have used FTP
from the start rather than their little interface, but what’s done is
done and its fixed. :slight_smile:

Thanks,
Jeremy

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