Reading materials

I’ve recently been turned on to Ruby and Rails, and after some
preliminary searching, I’ve settled on two sources to help get things
started.

  1. Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional (Expert’s Voice in Open
    Source)
  2. Agile Web D. with Rails (Pragmatic Programmers)

I believe book #2 is referred to as the “pickaxe” in the Rails
community? Have I made a good choice on materials, or are there some
other books I should be looking into?

As a brief background, I’ve been developing websites and web
applications for the past 8 years (primarily in the ASP environment). I
have a good grasp on OO programming, but haven’t really gotten any one
particular language under my belt.

Thanks for any advice!

In message [email protected], Concours
writes:

  1. Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional (Expert’s Voice in Open
    Source)
  2. Agile Web D. with Rails (Pragmatic Programmers)

I believe book #2 is referred to as the “pickaxe” in the Rails
community?

No. The “pickaxe” is the book with a pickaxe on the cover, titled
“Programming Ruby”.

Have I made a good choice on materials, or are there some
other books I should be looking into?

I took Programming Ruby out to lunch twice, wrote a couple of test
programs,
and that was enough to get me started.

As a brief background, I’ve been developing websites and web
applications for the past 8 years (primarily in the ASP environment). I
have a good grasp on OO programming, but haven’t really gotten any one
particular language under my belt.

Might as well start here as anywhere. I am very fond of the Pickaxe,
and
recommend it as a good example of what a programming book should be
like.

-s

quoth the Concours:

other books I should be looking into?
The ‘pickaxe book’ is “Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’
Guide” by
the same publisher. It focuses on core Ruby, rather than Rails.

I do recommend it, and in fact it is the only Ruby book I have (but I
have not
used Rails, nor do I intend to).

-d

On 5/11/07, Concours [email protected] wrote:

other books I should be looking into?

As a brief background, I’ve been developing websites and web
applications for the past 8 years (primarily in the ASP environment). I
have a good grasp on OO programming, but haven’t really gotten any one
particular language under my belt.

Thanks for any advice!

Some others to consider:

Ruby for Rails
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1932394699/bookstorenow600-20

Rails Recipes
http://www.pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/fr_rr/

Ruby Cookbook

And there are more listed here:
http://wiki.rubygarden.org/Ruby/page/show/RubyBookList

  1. Agile Web D. with Rails (Pragmatic Programmers)

I believe book #2 is referred to as the “pickaxe” in the Rails
community? Have I made a good choice on materials, or are there some
other books I should be looking into?

As you probably have read already, the PickAxe Book is “Programming
Ruby”, but let me say, that in my opinion, #2 is the number one book for
learning Ruby on Rails.

When I stated using Rails I found it very helpful to have quite some
understanding of Ruby as a programming language to get into (and
acknowledge) the thought-out internals of Rails.

So, if you want to get to know Ruby, get the PickAxe book (a.k.a.
‘Programming Ruby’) and if you want you get into Rails, get ‘Agile Web
Development with Rails’ as starters.

I can’t tell you much about others, but some: ‘Rails Recipes’ is more
for intermediate Rails programmers that start to create some “real” apps
and need some advice and hints on how things should/can be done. I also
read ‘The Ruby Way’ which also is not for total Ruby noobs but very
helpful with lots of good real-world example code. I read some very good
reviews about ‘Ruby for Rails’ but never read it personally.

Cheers,

Christian L.

On 5/11/07, Christian L. [email protected] wrote:

So, if you want to get to know Ruby, get the PickAxe book (a.k.a.
‘Programming Ruby’) and if you want you get into Rails, get ‘Agile Web
Development with Rails’ as starters.

And make sure that you get the second edition of each.


Rick DeNatale

My blog on Ruby
http://talklikeaduck.denhaven2.com/

I think you chose a good book for learning Ruby. And THE book for
learning Rails. I’ve got both books.
But you need the actually pickaxe book, Programming Ruby, as a
reference manual. It is not the best tutorial for beginners. It’s
fine for the programmer experienced with another language or 2, but
it does make an excellent place to look things up when you have
questions.

If you’re a super beginner, check out Learn to Program, by Mr. Pine.
It’s a gentle introduction.
If you’re interested in a wild ride, check out Why’s Poignant Guide .

The Ruby Cook Book is also interesting to have around. It’s only
weakness is that it covers Rails while there is also a Rails
cookbook. It should have gotten on some of the topics covered in the
Perl, Python, and PHP cookbooks.

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