Ruby books designed especially for beginngers

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there’s a Ruby ebook that’s designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I’m reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide. I’m
still at “Notation Conventions” and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don’t even know what a class is.

Would “Little Book of Ruby” be more suitable?

Kaye Ng wrote:

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there’s a Ruby ebook that’s designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I’m reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide. I’m
still at “Notation Conventions” and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don’t even know what a class is.

Would “Little Book of Ruby” be more suitable?

How about http://pragprog.com/titles/ltp2/learn-to-program-2nd-edition ?

m

On Sat, Jul 24, 2010 at 3:53 PM, chris williams
[email protected]wrote:

Can anyone tell me if there’s a Ruby ebook that’s designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

Brian M.s Everyday Scripting with Ruby is a good choice, as well as
Learn to Program by Chris P. which has already been mentioned.

There are a few other beginner ruby books that dont often get mentioned:
Beginning Ruby 2nd Edition by Peter C. (it is big though).

There are also quite a few free PDF Ruby books out there, but I dont
know
of any that target the novice programmer (only the novice ruby
programmer)

On Jul 24, 2010, at 9:21 AM 7/24/10, Richard C. wrote:

Hey experts, i need your advice.
Beginning Ruby 2nd Edition by Peter C. (it is big though).

There are also quite a few free PDF Ruby books out there, but I dont know
of any that target the novice programmer (only the novice ruby programmer)

http://richardconroy.blogspot.com

To be honest, I picked up ruby from the pickaxe after picking up
programming in general from K&R. I think if you’re just starting to
learn programming, K&R is the best book available.

On Sun, Jul 25, 2010 at 12:44:43AM +0900, James H.on wrote:

Subject: Ruby books designed especially for beginngers
Learn to Program by Chris P. which has already been mentioned.

There are a few other beginner ruby books that dont often get mentioned:
Beginning Ruby 2nd Edition by Peter C. (it is big though).

There are also quite a few free PDF Ruby books out there, but I dont know
of any that target the novice programmer (only the novice ruby programmer)

http://richardconroy.blogspot.com

To be honest, I picked up ruby from the pickaxe after picking up programming in general from K&R. I think if you’re just starting to learn programming, K&R is the best book available.

Um, K&R teaches C, not programming, so it thus wouldn’t be a primer
resource to learn how to program as a beginner, in Ruby with.

A good beginner book to Ruby would probably be pickaxe, or “Learn to
Program”, http://pine.fm/LearnToProgram

Good luck.

Wow thanks for sharing


From: chris williams [email protected]
To: ruby-talk ML [email protected]
Sent: Saturday, July 24, 2010 22:53:57
Subject: Re: Ruby books designed especially for beginngers

http://www.bitwisemag.com/2/Free-425-Page-Ruby-eBook

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On Sat, 24 Jul 2010 03:14:30 -0500, Kaye Ng [email protected] wrote:

Can anyone tell me if there’s a Ruby ebook that’s designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I’ve been programming for 43 years and am just starting to learn Ruby.
Unless you have a specific need to learn an object-oriented language,
you might be better off with one of the simpler languages first.
Object-oriented languages appeared after I’d been programming for many
years, and I found them something of a hurdle, but that may be because
I was steeped in the traditional languages.

You might also do well to find somewhere to get a “proper”
introduction to programming, maybe an evening class or something like
that.

I was lucky as my school was one of the very first to adopt “Computer
Programming” as part of its syllabus in the 1960’s, so I got an
excellent grounding, and have enjoyed programming ever since.

Kaye Ng [email protected] wrote:

I’m reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide. I’m
still at “Notation Conventions” and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don’t even know what a class is.

I agree. This is why I wrote my own intro to Ruby, one that starts
with what a class is.

http://www.apeth.com/rubyIntro/justenoughruby.html

m.

Thanks everyone! Truly appreciate it!

On Tue, 27 Jul 2010 15:46:55 -0500, “Steve P.”
[email protected] wrote:

You can buy it used on Amazon, pretty cheaply.

Also, check AbeBooks, www.abebooks.com - one of my Ruby books was
purchased for £0.75

Kaye,

A book that I thought might be appropriate for you was the Visual
Quickstart Guide series, called “Ruby, Learn Ruby the Quick and Easy
Way”, by Larry Ullman.

It seems good on explaining the language, but it lacks much more than
trivial examples, with few exceptions.

You can buy it used on Amazon, pretty cheaply.

Hope this helps.
Steve.

Kaye Ng wrote:

Hey experts, i need your advice.

Can anyone tell me if there’s a Ruby ebook that’s designed especially
for a beginner like me? When I say beginner, I mean zero knowledge about
programming.

I’m reading Programming Ruby, the Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide. I’m
still at “Notation Conventions” and already I am bombarded by terms like
class methods and class constants. I don’t even know what a class is.

Would “Little Book of Ruby” be more suitable?

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