Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts: Useful Scripts That Solve Difficult Problems

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Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts is a compendium of scripts that will make your life easier by saving you time and solving problems. If you find yourself wasting effort and time on a task a trained monkey could do, it's time for Ruby to come to the rescue.

Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts provides carefully selected Ruby scripts that are immediately useful. Learn how to streamline administrative tasks like renaming files, disabling processes, and changing permissions. After you get your feet ...

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Overview

Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts is a compendium of scripts that will make your life easier by saving you time and solving problems. If you find yourself wasting effort and time on a task a trained monkey could do, it's time for Ruby to come to the rescue.

Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts provides carefully selected Ruby scripts that are immediately useful. Learn how to streamline administrative tasks like renaming files, disabling processes, and changing permissions. After you get your feet wet creating basic scripts, author Steve Pugh will show you how to create powerful Web crawlers, security scripts, full-fledged libraries and applications, and much more. With each script you'll get the raw code followed by an explanation of how it really works, as well as instructions for how to run the script and suggestions for customizing it. Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts will save you from the tedium of repetitive tasks and give you back the time it would take to write scripts from scratch.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593271824
  • Publisher: No Starch Press San Francisco, CA
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Pugh has been a programmer for over a decade. He has worked as a software analyst for a banking software company, run a large-scale network operations center (overseeing 7,000 users and 130 network technicians), and is currently doing security research for the US government. Much of this book was written while Pugh was working for the US government in northern Iraq.

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Table of Contents

Dedication

FOREWORD

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

INTRODUCTION

Chapter 1: GENERAL PURPOSE UTILITIES

Chapter 2: WEBSITE SCRIPTING

Chapter 3: LI(U)NIX SYSTEM ADMINISTRATION

Chapter 4: PICTURE UTILITIES

Chapter 5: GAMES AND LEARNING TOOLS

Chapter 6: STRING UTILITIES

Chapter 7: SERVERS AND SCRAPERS

Chapter 8: ARGUMENTS AND DOCUMENTATION

Chapter 9: SORTING ALGORITHMS

Chapter 10: WRITING A METASPLOIT 3.1 MODULE WITH RUBY

AFTERWORD

COLOPHON

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

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    Great book if you want to learn a new language by example

    I bought this book a few weeks ago. My boss asked me to learn Ruby so I could give a hand to some colleagues in a project that was running late. The book is a simple collection of scripts written in Ruby. However, I do not regret my purchase at all. If you already "speak" some programming language, the book is a great tool to learn Ruby. No boring introduction to syntax, variables, classes and the like. Just nice and useful scripts to learn by example. Need to learn socket I/O? Check the Servers section. Need to code some algorithm? Check chapter 9. Encrypt/Decrypt files? Manipulate images? Scrap a website? Parse XML? You'll find examples for everything. It even has a chapter on writing extensions to metasploit, which was unexpected but very convenient for me since I do pentesting from time to time.

    For every script in the book you'll find how to run the code, the output it produces, an explanation of how it works and some hints on how to hack the script for your own needs.

    Summing up. If you are looking for an in-depth guide to the Ruby language, then this book is not the best option. But if you already know some programming language and need to learn Ruby quick and by example, the book is a great choice.

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