At my local Barnes and Noble, there is a huge wall of Java books just waiting to tip over and crush me one day. And one day it will. At the rate things are going, one day that bookcase will be tall enough to crush us all. It might even loop the world several times, crushing previous editions of the same Java books over and over again.
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This is just a small Ruby book. It won’t crush you. It’s light as a feather (because I haven’t finished it yet—hehe). And there’s a reason this book will stay light: because Ruby is simple to learn.
But Don’t Read This One!
Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby is released under the Attribution-ShareAlike License. So, yes, please distribute it and print it and read it leisurely in your housecoat. In fact, there will be a contest at the end of the book for Best Housecoat. It’s a coveted award and you should feel honored to even read about it! (Especially if you are reading about it in your soon-to-be-prize-winning housecoat.)
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I’ll try not to feel utterly rejected if this book doesn’t capture your fancy. I might experience a few long days of emptiness, accompanied with profuse weeping, but other than that I’ll be fine. It’s at least comforting to know that the following fine texts cover my topic and will doubtless fill you with Ruby lust:
- A very basic, ground-level tutorial for the beginner to Ruby. By Chris Pine.
- The original tome and complete reference for Ruby. By Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt (also known as The Pickaxe)
- A guide to learning Ruby (with code examples). By Matz, the creator of Ruby. Translated into English.
- The official home page for the Ruby language.
Now, if you can’t seem to find the contents link on the left-hand side of the page, then here’s a link to the first page of the (Poignant) Guide.
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