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The Well-Grounded Rubyist, Third Edition

David A. Black, Joseph Leo III
  • March 2019
  • ISBN 9781617295218
  • 584 pages
  • printed in black & white

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A deep and thorough dive into the Ruby programming language.

Brian Daley, University of Connecticut
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The Well-Grounded Rubyist, Third Editionis a beautifully written tutorial that begins with your first Ruby program and takes you all the way to sophisticated topics like reflection, threading, and recursion. Ruby masters David A. Black and Joe Leo distill their years of knowledge for you, concentrating on the language and its uses so you can use Ruby in any way you choose. Updated for Ruby 2.5.

about the technology

Designed for developer productivity, Ruby is an easy-to-learn dynamic language perfect for creating virtually any kind of software. Its famously friendly development community, countless libraries, and amazing tools, like the Rails framework, have established it as the language of choice for high-profile companies, including GitHub, SlideShare, and Shopify. The future is bright for the well-grounded Rubyist!

about the book

In The Well-Grounded Rubyist, Third Edition expert authors David A. Black and Joseph Leo deliver Ruby mastery in an easy-to-read, casual style. You'll lock in core principles as you write your first Ruby programs. Then, you'll progressively build up to topics like reflection, threading, and recursion, cementing your knowledge with high-value exercises to practice your skills along the way.

what's inside

  • Basic Ruby syntax
  • Running Ruby extensions
  • FP concepts like currying, side-effect-free code, and recursion
  • Ruby 2.5 updates

about the reader

For readers with beginner-level programming skills.

about the author

David A. Black is an internationally known Ruby developer and author, and a cofounder of Ruby Central. Ruby teacher and advocate Joseph Leo III is the founder of Def Method and lead organizer of the Gotham Ruby Conference.

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The authors' methodical and logical teaching will make you fall in love with Ruby. It has never looked this good!

Pierre-Michel Ansel, 8x8

Concepts are introduced via examples—perfect for deep understanding. Highly recommended!

Prabhuti Prakash, Atos India

The title says it all: this book provides you with a solid foundation for your Ruby programming before exploring advanced topics.

Deshuang Tang, Broadcom
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