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From Barnes & NobleThe Barnes & Noble Review
Ruby Gems offers Ruby users an extensive collection of software solutions, together with consistent infrastructure for packaging and distributing them. Read David Berube's Practical Ruby Gems, and you'll become a far more effective Ruby (and Rails) programmer, capable of leveraging the work of the broader Ruby community.
Berube presents example-rich introductions to 34 of today's most impressive Gems. For instance: Camping, the elegant, superlightweight web application "microframework." And cmdparse for writing command toolkits. And erubis, for leveraging Ruby's full power to output HTML. And solutions for everything from validating credit cards to accelerating Rails applications, processing RSS feeds to using CAPTCHA to resist Spam.
Along the way, you'll learn how to create, package, and distribute your own Gems, share Gems between your own projects, handle dependencies and cross-platform issues, and more. Maybe Berube's next edition will contain a Gem of yours! Bill Camarda, from the June 2007 Read Only