Ruby in a Nutshell .. worth it?

Hi,

I know this is somewhat out-dated, but is it worth getting?

I have Programming Ruby, and the Ruby Cookbook, but they all
require some digging through to find info quickly.

Isn’t a new version of Ruby around the corner? Should I wait
on the Nutshell book? It seems the Nutshell book would be a
good way to browse what functions/classes are available.

Comments/suggestions?

Thanks,
eb

Hi,

I know this is somewhat out-dated, but is it worth getting?

This was the book that got me hooked on Ruby. It’s a really
good book in my opinion, but like you said it is dated. It
covers Ruby 1.6. We are now at 1.8.5.

I’d love it if this book got an update as well. :slight_smile:

I have Programming Ruby, and the Ruby Cookbook, but they all
require some digging through to find info quickly.

I have the PDF version of Programming Ruby (2nd edition). When
I’m looking for something I just search it. Perhaps that
is an option…

Isn’t a new version of Ruby around the corner? Should I wait
on the Nutshell book? It seems the Nutshell book would be a
good way to browse what functions/classes are available.

Comments/suggestions?

Hope this helps.

Regards,

Emiel

Hallo Emiel,

Emiel van de Laar wrote:

Hi,

I know this is somewhat out-dated, but is it worth getting?

This was the book that got me hooked on Ruby. It’s a really
good book in my opinion, but like you said it is dated. It
covers Ruby 1.6. We are now at 1.8.5.

Are those significant changes? How soon is the next version
(1.9 or 2.0?) expected? Again, I’m very new to Ruby,
though not programming.

I am/was a big fan of Python, esp due to its clear
layout requirements (a god-sent for those of us who have
to read other people’s code), but Ruby is my current favorite :slight_smile:

I’d love it if this book got an update as well. :slight_smile:

I have Programming Ruby, and the Ruby Cookbook, but they all
require some digging through to find info quickly.

I have the PDF version of Programming Ruby (2nd edition). When
I’m looking for something I just search it. Perhaps that
is an option…

Yes, that’s true, but it would tie me to the computer, and I
would like some time away every once in a while. I think the
tiny size - though not tiny price! :frowning: of the nutshell book would
make it a good “carry-along and browse when time” reference to
get a lay of the land.

Thanks for the post,
Esmail

EB wrote:

Hi,

I know this is somewhat out-dated, but is it worth getting?

I came accross Ruby a few months ago when this book was already outdated
so I did not read it - however I guess I was in the same shoes as you
are now (judging from the symptoms you described).

The best cure I found is called “Ruby for Rails” from David A. Black.
It’s one of the best tech books I ever came across. Definitely check it
out.

Peter S. wrote:

EB wrote:

Hi,

I know this is somewhat out-dated, but is it worth getting?

I came accross Ruby a few months ago when this book was already outdated
so I did not read it - however I guess I was in the same shoes as you
are now (judging from the symptoms you described).

he he … nice way of putting it :wink:

The best cure I found is called “Ruby for Rails” from David A. Black.
It’s one of the best tech books I ever came across. Definitely check it
out.

I will … thanks!

eb

covers Ruby 1.6. We are now at 1.8.5.

Are those significant changes? How soon is the next version
(1.9 or 2.0?) expected? Again, I’m very new to Ruby,
though not programming.

It would give you a feel for the Ruby language but would
probably be a bad investment. The changes are significant
enough to go directly to 1.8.x.

I’m looking for something I just search it. Perhaps that
is an option…

Yes, that’s true, but it would tie me to the computer, and I
would like some time away every once in a while. I think the
tiny size - though not tiny price! :frowning: of the nutshell book would
make it a good “carry-along and browse when time” reference to
get a lay of the land.

The size is very attractive. I carried the Nutshell book in
my backpack for a long time. However, I can’t recommend it
anymore because it is outdated.

Have a look here.

http://www.ruby-doc.org/bookstore

Perhaps you can find a small format book…

As Peter suggested…
I have heard positive things about David A. Black’s book.
I’m going to buy the book someday just because David is
such a good writer.

Regards,

Emiel

Are those significant changes?
Definitely. Absolutely. Doubtlessly.

Again, I’m very new to Ruby,

though not programming.
One more common point.

I am/was a big fan of Python, esp due to its clear
layout requirements (a god-sent for those of us who have
to read other people’s code), but Ruby is my current favorite :slight_smile:
And yet another. I have been a Python fan for a few years, too ( until
the very moment I opened the Picaxe for the first time and read the
first few pages :slight_smile:

I am even more sure you need to grab R4R…

Cheers,

__
Peter
http://wwww.rubyrailways.com

Thanks everyone!

eb

I know this is somewhat out-dated, but is it worth getting?

I use it everyday. 200 pages is compact. And French Oreilly book have
a great binding, robustness.

But it’s true a new edition would be a good thing. Especially for
standard library.

Matz ??

I am/was a big fan of Python, esp due to its clear
layout requirements (a god-sent for those of us who have
to read other people’s code), but Ruby is my current favorite :slight_smile:
And yet another. I have been a Python fan for a few years, too ( until
the very moment I opened the Picaxe for the first time and read the
first few pages :slight_smile:

I couldn’t understand the Pickaxe book. It was divided into weird
sections
and I had to read the book backwards to get Ruby. Even then it didn’t
make
sense. It made no sense until I read a tutorial from a professor. Maybe
I’m a-pythonic…

Cameron

On Oct 24, 2006, at 4:55 AM, EB wrote:

Comments/suggestions?

Thanks,
eb

Hal F.'s new book "The Ruby Way" #2 is absolutely excellent. I

got lucky and got a copy of it at rubyconf and from my reading so far
it is a must have book for any ruby programmer.

Cheers-
– Ezra Z.
– Lead Rails Evangelist
[email protected]
– Engine Y., Serious Rails Hosting
– (866) 518-YARD (9273)

Ezra Z. wrote:

Hal F.'s new book "The Ruby Way" #2 is absolutely excellent. I 

got lucky and got a copy of it at rubyconf and from my reading so far it
is a must have book for any ruby programmer.

Cheers-

Hi,

thanks for the recommendation, I’ll have to take a look,
I’m not familiar with this book at all.

eb

Ezra Z. wrote:

Hal F.'s new book "The Ruby Way" #2 is absolutely excellent. I  

got lucky and got a copy of it at rubyconf and from my reading so far
it is a must have book for any ruby programmer.

Thanks for the kind remarks, Ezra…

Let’s talk in email sometime about that coding idea.

Someone else expressed an interest… I think it was
Kevin W.? (Kevin, are you reading?)

Cheers,
Hal

    Hal F.'s new book "The Ruby Way" #2 is absolutely excellent. I

got lucky and got a copy of it at rubyconf and from my reading so far
it is a must have book for any ruby programmer.

I have version 1 of this. I like it better than Pickaxe, the Nutshell
book, or even the much-beloved tome of chunky bacon. But if I already
have version 1, is version 2 worth picking up?

Hal F. wrote:

Ezra Z. wrote:

Hal F.'s new book "The Ruby Way" #2 is absolutely excellent. 

I got lucky and got a copy of it at rubyconf and from my reading so
far it is a must have book for any ruby programmer.

Thanks for the kind remarks, Ezra…

Hi,

I was just looking for your book on amazon, 2nd edition is coming out
today according to them. The reviews for the first edition are
impressive.

I was wondering if there are any sample chapters available to view
on-line?
Preferably of the 2nd edition.

Thanks,

eb

Hal F. wrote:

Let’s talk in email sometime about that coding idea.

Someone else expressed an interest… I think it was
Kevin W.? (Kevin, are you reading?)

Cheers,
Hal

Lucky indeed … I just went to Addison-Wesley and the book is not yet
available for ordering. :frowning:

BAH!

EB wrote:

I was just looking for your book on amazon, 2nd edition is coming out
today according to them. The reviews for the first edition are impressive.

I was wondering if there are any sample chapters available to view on-line?
Preferably of the 2nd edition.

Odd… I thought there was one at Amazon and/or awprofessional.com
but I see there isn’t. I’ll check with my editor.

Even the TOC seems to be chopped off. Surely that’s an error.

Hal

Hal F. wrote:

EB wrote:

wondering if there are any sample chapters available to view
on-line? Preferably of the 2nd edition.

Odd… I thought there was one at Amazon and/or awprofessional.com
but I see there isn’t. I’ll check with my editor.

Thanks … that would be great.

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