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The Ruby Programming Language by David Flanagan and Yukihiro Matsumoto (matz) is, simply stated, the best book on Ruby available on the market today. It’s accurate, in-depth, and uses a reference style that doesn’t leave you with any doubts about the language. This book is co-authored by the inventor of Ruby (matz) and covers both Ruby 1.8 and 1.9. If you are an intermediate/experienced developer who is not afraid of understanding the subtleties of a new language, you can’t go wrong with this book.
The Book Of Ruby () is a free tutorial to the Ruby language. It contains 425 pages in 20 chapters. It is provided in the form of a PDF document in which each chapter is accompanied by ready-to-run source code for all the examples. There is also an Introduction which explains how to use the source code in Ruby In Steel or any other editor/IDE of your choice plus appendices and an index.
Permissions: You may copy or distribute the text and programs of The Book Of Ruby (free edition) but you may not modify them without prior consent of the author nor may you distribute the eBook in any form other than that in which it is provided. You may not print the text for redistribution. You may, however, print the chapters for your own personal use. In no circumstances may you make a charge for The Book Of Ruby or for any of its component parts.
Ruby is famous for being easy to learn, but most users only scratch the surface of what it can do. While other books focus on Ruby's trendier features, The Book of Ruby reveals the secret inner workings of one of the world's most popular programming languages, teaching you to write clear, maintainable code.
You'll start with the basics—types, data structures, and control flows—and progress to advanced features like blocks, mixins, metaclasses, and beyond. Rather than bog you down with a lot of theory, The Book of Ruby takes a hands-on approach and focuses on making you productive from day one. As you follow along, you'll learn to:
Each chapter includes a "Digging Deeper" section that shows you how Ruby works under the hood, so you'll never be caught off guard by its deceptively simple scoping, multithreading features, or precedence rules.
Whether you're new to programming or just new Ruby, The Book of Ruby is your guide to rapid, real-world software development with this unique and elegant language.