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  • Posted February 5, 2009

    Great Cookbook

    Published by acclaimed authors Lucas Carlson and Leonard Richardson, The Ruby Cookbook is an excellent learning tool and reference manual. It is organized into 23 chapters delineating all capabilities of the object-oriented scripting language. Each chapter is broken down into numerous subcategories describing operations, tips and tricks, common problems and their solutions, and other concepts pertaining to the topic of the chapter. Finding what you are looking for is not an issue since all topics are structured seamlessly.<BR/><BR/>Unlike many other programming books I have read, this one does not cut corners and overlook the menial steps experts, such as the authors themselves, would assume the reader to know intuitively. I find this aspect to be exceedingly beneficial in learning how the language behaves and what discrepancies may present themselves as a result of coding between a number of programming languages. While reading this book and learning the language, I had never been confused as a result of missing or vague information. The writing style is captivating, concise, and understandable. I enjoyed reading this book.<BR/><BR/>What I like most about this manual is that it is suited for newbies as well as experts. The introductory topics include the common data structures and how they are implemented, while the later chapters specify advanced functionality and extensions to the language. I recommend this book for all of those who have had some object-oriented programming experience as well as to those who have not but are interested in learning a computing language.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

    Ruby for beginners and experts

    Published by acclaimed authors Lucas Carlson and Leonard Richardson, The Ruby Cookbook is both an excellent learning tool and reference manual. It is organized into 23 chapters delineating all capabilities of the object-oriented scripting language. Each chapter is broken down into numerous subcategories describing operations, tips and tricks, common problems and their solutions, and other concepts pertaining to the topic of the chapter. Finding what you are looking for is not an issue since all topics are structured seamlessly.<BR/><BR/>Unlike many other programming books I have read, this one does not cut corners and overlook the menial steps experts, such as the authors themselves, would assume the reader to know intuitively. I find this aspect to be exceedingly beneficial in learning how the language behaves and what discrepancies may present themselves as a result of coding between a number of programming languages. While reading this book and learning the language, I had never been confused as a result of missing or vague information. The writing style is captivating, concise, and understandable. I enjoyed reading this book.<BR/><BR/>What I prefer most about the manual is that it is suited for newbies as well as experts. The introductory topics include the common data structures and how they are implemented, while the later chapters specify advanced functionality and extensions to the language. I recommend this book for all of those who have had some object-oriented programming experience as well as to those who have not but are interested in learning a computing language.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2007

    COOKING WITH RUBY!!

    Do you know just a little bit about Ruby? If you do, then this book is for you. Authors Lucas Carlson and Leonard Richardson, have done an outstanding job of writing a book that includes recipes suitable for all skill levels. Carlson and Richardson, begin by covering Ruby¿s built-in data structures and algorithmic problems. Then, the authors discuss the Ruby idiom and philosophy. Next, they explore popular ways of storing data. They also look at different types of applications. Finally, the authors cover the auxiliary tasks that surround the main programming work of a project. This most excellent book focuses mainly on generic programming techniques. Perhaps more importantly, this book covers specific application frameworks and best practices.

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