—Obie Fernandez, Professional Ruby Series Editor xx . Russ’ first book is the highly regarded Design Patterns in Ruby (Addison-Wesley. The newest book in the renowned Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series, Eloquent Ruby will help you “put on your Ruby-colored glasses” and get results. (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series). by In Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen helps you write Ruby like true Rubyists do-so you can leverage its immense.
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It is about shaping your code and expressing your intent. It is about expressing yourself fluently in ruby, not eloqueng using ruby syntax to force the computer to do your will. It is subtle, beautiful, and -yes- eloquent.
The book is full of code examples that clearly illustrate the text. The chapters are short, crisp, and easy to digest.
The tone is informal without falling into the trap of sounding like it’s trying to be funny. The book is deeply practical while still managing to be philosophical.
It is neither a reference, nor a tutorial. While I suspect that even experienced ruby programmers would take much pleasure in reading it, I think that those who can benefit the most from it are neither the beginners nor the experts, addjson rather those who can get stuff done competently in ruby, but might need a nudge or some inspiration to polish their skills and improve their eloquence.
Eloquent Ruby would be particularly useful to folks new to the language but with a background in programming. If this is you, this book will help you get comfortable with the idioms of the language.
I profedsional it heartily, and after reading it I went straight to Amazon and bought the author’s other book, Design Patterns in Ruby. I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for writing this review on behalf of CodeRanch.
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Eloquent Ruby [Book]
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