Forum: Ruby Beginner help/direction

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0ef58b22732c82ddf574968e69328048?d=identicon&s=25 michael engel (Guest)
on 2009-05-13 02:54
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I just finished reading Chris Pine's "Learn to program" with ruby, and
am
wondering if you wonderful folks could point me in the right direction
to
continue my education. The book is fairly basic, and I need more
exposure to
ruby. I have the "pickaxe" book, but if anyone could offer any help or
ideas, it would be much appreciated.
P.S. I hope this isn't off topic ;)
D15a45a973443d4562051eb675b60474?d=identicon&s=25 Tom Cloyd (Guest)
on 2009-05-13 03:39
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michael engel wrote:
> I just finished reading Chris Pine's "Learn to program" with ruby, and am
> wondering if you wonderful folks could point me in the right direction to
> continue my education. The book is fairly basic, and I need more exposure to
> ruby. I have the "pickaxe" book, but if anyone could offer any help or
> ideas, it would be much appreciated.
> P.S. I hope this isn't off topic ;)
>
>
Well, as a perpetual beginner, and someone with never enough time, I
fall back on just-in-time learning (and this list!). With Thomas' fine
book (3rd ed., I presume), all you need is a serious project -
preferably some program you could really USE (thus supplying you with
plentiful motivation). Then start facing the problems and writing code.
Believe me, you'll learn a lot, but not stuff you don't need and won't
likely use.

Also, become friends with the ruby-debug gem (but it doesn't yet work in
ruby1.9 - grrrr.)

Just my small thoughts, but that's how I work.

t.

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68e01c2a02ae96f5b8414b66cc9b5b71?d=identicon&s=25 Andriy Hnativ (andriyhnativ)
on 2009-05-13 03:40
"The Ruby Programming Language" by David Flanagan, Yukihiro Matsumoto is
probably the best Ruby book I've read (and I've read quite a lot of them
:)). It has both basic and advanced staff in it.

Andriy
E0d864d9677f3c1482a20152b7cac0e2?d=identicon&s=25 Robert Klemme (Guest)
on 2009-05-13 10:16
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2009/5/13 Andriy Hnativ <anh526@mail.usask.ca>:
> "The Ruby Programming Language" by David Flanagan, Yukihiro Matsumoto is
> probably the best Ruby book I've read (and I've read quite a lot of them
> :)). It has both basic and advanced staff in it.

And then there's of course David's new book:
http://manning.com/black2/

Cheers

robert
2a3711573430e083ca27fc77e1c9b7fb?d=identicon&s=25 Daniel Roux (Guest)
on 2009-05-14 04:51
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michael engel wrote:
> I just finished reading Chris Pine's "Learn to program" with ruby, and am
> wondering if you wonderful folks could point me in the right direction to
> continue my education. The book is fairly basic, and I need more exposure to
> ruby. I have the "pickaxe" book, but if anyone could offer any help or
> ideas, it would be much appreciated.
> P.S. I hope this isn't off topic ;)
>
>
I also recommend "The Ruby Programming Language", it's the best book
I've read about Ruby, "Matz", Yukihiro Matsumoto writes in it. In my
case it was the perfect _second_ book for learning Ruby, because it
answered many questions that as a beginner i would never had thought of.

You could read "Programming Ruby" first, which could give you a solid
base in the language, as i did, and then grab "The Ruby Programming
Language".
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