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Ruby Best Practices

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How do you write truly elegant code with Ruby? Ruby Best Practices is for programmers who want to use Ruby as experienced Rubyists do. Written by the developer of the Ruby project Prawn, this concise book explains how to design beautiful APIs and domain-specific languages with Ruby, as well as how to work with functional programming ideas and techniques that can simplify your code and make you more productive. You'll learn how to write code ...

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Overview

How do you write truly elegant code with Ruby? Ruby Best Practices is for programmers who want to use Ruby as experienced Rubyists do. Written by the developer of the Ruby project Prawn, this concise book explains how to design beautiful APIs and domain-specific languages with Ruby, as well as how to work with functional programming ideas and techniques that can simplify your code and make you more productive. You'll learn how to write code that's readable, expressive, and much more.

Ruby Best Practices will help you:

  • Understand the secret powers unlocked by Ruby's code blocks
  • Learn how to bend Ruby code without breaking it, such as mixing in modules on the fly
  • Discover the ins and outs of testing and debugging, and how to design for testability
  • Learn to write faster code by keeping things simple
  • Develop strategies for text processing and file management, including regular expressions
  • Understand how and why things can go wrong
  • Reduce cultural barriers by leveraging Ruby's multilingual capabilities

This book also offers you comprehensive chapters on driving code through tests, designing APIs, and project maintenance. Learn how to make the most of this rich, beautiful language with Ruby Best Practices.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596523008
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/25/2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,405,150
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory T. Brown is a New Haven, CT based Rubyist who spends most of his time on free software projects in Ruby. His main projects are Prawn and Ruport, and he is also the author of the upcoming book Ruby Best Practices. He also is in possession of a small bamboo plant that seems to be invincible, and he is quite proud of this accomplishment.

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: Driving Code Through Tests

Chapter 2: Designing Beautiful APIs

Chapter 3: Mastering the Dynamic Toolkit

Chapter 4: Text Processing and File Management

Chapter 5: Functional Programming Techniques

Chapter 6: When Things Go Wrong

Chapter 7: Reducing Cultural Barriers

Chapter 8: Skillful Project Maintenance

Writing Backward-Compatible Code

Leveraging Ruby’s Standard Library

Ruby Worst Practices

Colophon

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