Pickaxe

I’ve been reading the pickaxe book the last few days. As a newbie to
both Ruby and programming I have to say it’s packed with an incredible
amount of information. I’m still in part 1 and just going through the
section on Regular Expressions. I find this section in particular to
be quite a challenge.

Two questions then:
Is the book more of a reference, read through and always come back too ?
Is is a good idea to have a project started at some point , perhaps
after the first section ?

TIA
Stuart

2006/7/7, Dark A. [email protected]:

I’ve been reading the pickaxe book the last few days. As a newbie to
both Ruby and programming I have to say it’s packed with an incredible
amount of information. I’m still in part 1 and just going through the
section on Regular Expressions. I find this section in particular to
be quite a challenge.

Two questions then:
Is the book more of a reference, read through and always come back too ?
Is is a good idea to have a project started at some point , perhaps
after the first section ?

Yeah, your intuition is probably right. It’s not exactly an
introduction to programming in general - although those can also be
found on the web (“learning to program” etc.). And I definitively use
it as reference quite often.

Cheers

robert

Weren’t you a contributor ?

Stuart

Dark A. wrote:

Weren’t you a contributor ?

Yes, I proofread the multithreading section and I think I also provided
some input on the code samples.

robert

There’s a good book by the same company, and available online, called
“Learn
to Program”. Perhaps you might want to skim through it before you dive
into
the Pickaxe book? You can find “Learn to Program” here >>
http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram/

I hope this helps a little.

James H

Thanks James, I have Learn to Program and have been using it but
thought I’d diversify a bit in between those incredibly difficult
programming challenges in Chris P.'s book. For me Learning to
Program is a great book primarily because of the exercises. I wish
more books had assignments in them. I came to Ruby after checking out
Rails at first and wish that a book like Agile Web D. had
some exercises to allow newbs to get their feet wet. I’ve always
found the “tutorial/working through building an application” approach
to be limited in some ways, just my personal taste I guess.

Stuart

Stuart

On 7/8/06, Dark A. [email protected] wrote:

For me Learning to Program is a great book primarily because of the exercises.

Thanks!

I wish more books had assignments in them.

Well, it took me a really long time to come up with challenging (but
hopefully not too hard) exercises that weren’t totally boring. I
bet I spent at least half of the time just coming up with exercises,
trying them, throwing them out…

Maybe I’m just a better programmer than I am a creative thinker, but I
found coming up with the exercises much harder than solving them (or
even writing the rest of the book).

Chris

On 7/10/06, Chris P. [email protected] wrote:

Well, it took me a really long time to come up with challenging (but
hopefully not too hard) exercises that weren’t totally boring.

not too hard would be a relative phrase. I refer to some of your
exercises as brutal.
Not sure how that would translate into hard.

Stuart

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