Everyday Scripting with Ruby: For Teams, Testers, and You (Facets of Ruby Series)

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Are you a tester who spends more time manually creating complex test data than using it? A business analyst who seemingly went to college all those years so you can spend your days copying data from reports into spreadsheets? A programmer who can't finish each day's task without having to scan through version control system output, looking for the file you want?

If so, you're wasting that computer on your desk. Offload the drudgery to where it belongs, and free yourself to do ...

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Overview

Are you a tester who spends more time manually creating complex test data than using it? A business analyst who seemingly went to college all those years so you can spend your days copying data from reports into spreadsheets? A programmer who can't finish each day's task without having to scan through version control system output, looking for the file you want?

If so, you're wasting that computer on your desk. Offload the drudgery to where it belongs, and free yourself to do what you should be doing: thinking. All you need is a scripting language (free!), this book (cheap!), and the dedication to work through the examples and exercises.

Everyday Scripting with Ruby is divided into four parts. In the first, you'll learn the basics of the Ruby scripting language. In the second, you'll see how to create scripts in a steady, controlled way using test-driven design. The third part is about finding, understanding, and using the work of others—and about preparing your scripts for others to use. The fourth part, more advanced, is about saving even more time by using application frameworks.

Readers will be introduced to the Ruby scripting language and the overall craft of scripting in this reference. Common typos, finished scripts ready to use and deploy for testing and other common rote tasks are included.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A fantastic type-along-with-me introduction to a powerful scripting language that starts in the shallows and then moves into the depths turning the reader into an accomplished Ruby scripter, almost without them noticing it!"

—Erik Petersen, Emprove

"Finally a hands-on book that is filled with gems of wisdom for the testing community."

—Gunjan Doshi, VP of Product Development and Process Excellence, Community Connect, Inc

"What a wondrous collection of recipes, guidelines, warnings, comprehensive examples, metaphors, exercises, and questions! It’s a terrific value to software testing practitioners who want to get the most from their test automation effort."

—Grigori Melnik, Lecturer, University of Calgary

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977616619
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
  • Publication date: 12/28/2006
  • Series: Facets of Ruby Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Marick learned Ruby in 2001 because Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt, original authors of "Programming Ruby", wouldn't let him off a shuttle bus until he said he would. He's been programming in it ever since, and he's made a special effort to teach it to software testers. His previous book is "Everyday Scripting with Ruby", which began as a tutorial for those very testers. He's not a Ruby programmer by trade. He makes most of his money as a consultant in the Agile methodologies. (After getting off the shuttle bus, he was one of the authors of the "Manifesto for Agile Software Development.")

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2007

    Best book available for beginning with Ruby

    During the mid- and late-1980s I was was working in C and eventually C++. During that period I devoured any programming book I could get my hands on. My favorites were very practical books--those books that built real, working examples. Herb Schildt and Al Stevens were the best at this. I¿ve often wished for such books on the newer languages as I learn them. Brian Marick has given us exactly this type of book with his ¿Everyday Scripting with Ruby.¿ I¿m one of those programmers who read a little bit about Ruby and was only mildly intrigued until I read about Rails. Once I read about Rails I just dove in¿I didn¿t bother to learn much Ruby, only looking something up in ¿Programming Ruby¿ when I couldn¿t figure it out by trial and error. I became proficient enough at getting things done in Rails but certainly didn¿t have a solid, comfortable feeling for Ruby itself. This book fills in those gaps for me. This is the Ruby book I wish I¿d read first. ¿Everyday Scripting with Ruby¿ covers four very real-life small projects, each of a decent size. The projects are small enough that you don¿t need to remember every detail from the prior 100 pages but are big enough that you can learn real lessons from them. This is absolutely the best beginner book on Ruby available.

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