Ruby Phrasebook (Developer’s Library)

Added by Dmytro Shteflyuk on , authored by Jason D. Clinton

Ruby Phrasebook (Developer’s Library)
Started reading:
9th May 2009
Finished reading:
10th May 2009

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Book rating: 7 of 10

Review

Ruby Phrasebook gives you the code you need to quickly and effectively work with Ruby, one of the fastest-growing languages in the world thanks to popular new Ruby technologies like Ruby on Rails.

Concise and Accessible
Easy to carry and easy to use–lets you ditch all those bulky books for one portable pocket guide

Flexible and Functional
Packed with more than 100 customizable code snippets–so you can readily code functional Ruby in just about any situation

Jason Clinton uses Ruby daily in system administration and development for Advanced Clustering Technologies, a Linux Beowulf cluster integrator. He has been working in the computer industry for more than a decade and is actively involved in the Kansas City Ruby Users Group (KCRUG), serving as administrator of the group’s web site and mailing list.

Nice book for weekend reading. The first part of the book summarizes some language concepts (like data types, string manipulations, etc), and the second one covers some standard ruby library parts (REXML, Threads, RDoc, etc). The only new thing I’ve found is Fixnum handling. Objects of this type can hold only 29-bits numbers: 1 bit for the sign and 2 bits for for the tag (internal bookkeeping).