Paperback: 536 pages
Publisher: Manning Publications; 2 edition (July 4, 2014)
Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 7.5 x 9.2 inches
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I reviewed the book (courtesy of Manning). As a Ruby developer I found this book very accurate and serious. It covers pretty well the Ruby language and shows deeply a lot of aspects. As Ruby and the standard library is quite a big subject, the book cannot cover everything but the author was able to select the part of the standard library that is fundamental and that is not going to disappear in next Ruby releases (for instance the "curses" library was removed and is available as a gem as from Ruby 2.1).The intended audience is definitely programmers knowing object oriented programming who either want to refresh their Ruby knowledge, either want to learn the language as a new language. But as the book states, it does not teach programming. But we feel that the author really wants to be precise and comprehensive, he struggles with the need to explain things that some people might not know, while many people already know...For Ruby programmers the book is useful as a reference for parts of the language he/she does not use on a daily basis.The book covers the regular expressions and can be useful for the use of regexp beyond its usage with the Ruby language.But the book has some weaknesses.The chapter 6 is not precise enough about exceptions, "can i catch more than 1 exception?", "what if I write rescue A, then B, if B derives from A, is B ever going to be catched?".In chapter 7, the "Bid" example presents the operator (object comparison) but is not clear enough that comparing objects does not necessarily involve the class relationship but is "duck-typing" (the nature of the Ruby language).
First, a brief introduction: I’m a freelance developer, and I’ve worked several times with Ruby.As I have started to read, I have to say that I was fascinated by the style of writing. The writer composes expressions very well and is able to hold your attention. Even having used it some hundreds of hours and went through the documentation few times, already since the first pages I can find some arguments and concepts that before were absolutely obscure to me. Keeping a practical framework, it densely packs the theory that every rubyist should know, comprehensive of conventions and suggestions on how to use its features. Maybe it falls sometimes on excessive exposure - like the info about the configuration at the beginning, that may be liked or not, depending on the reader.It starts with fundamentals and syntax, going on with the built-in features, and finishing with the special Ruby OOP features, more advanced concepts. Although it may seem only for beginners, an intermediate can find _many_ useful things, especially if you didn’t still have attendended a complete course on the features of the language (those things that you were supposed to know but you always find as new on StackOverflow..). It will change your mindset about how this language should be used.The style of writing is very near to the voice of a cautious grandfather who advises you on what to do or not. If you want to get better in Ruby and get some solid foundations of the language It will deepen also your understanding of the language, its internal mechanisms and why some features have been introduced (e.g., why ! or ? are at the end of methods, how objects work internally, etc.).
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