Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional

Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional

by Peter Cooper

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Overview

Based on the bestselling first edition, Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional, Second Edition is the leading guide for every type of reader who wants to learn Ruby from the ground up.


The new edition of this book provides the same excellent introduction to Ruby as the first edition plus updates for the newest version of Ruby, including the addition of the Sinatra and Ramaze web application frameworks and a chapter on GUI development so developers can take advantage of these new trends.


Beginning Ruby starts by explaining the principles behind object-oriented programming and within a few chapters builds toward creating a full Ruby application. By the end of the book, in addition to in-depth knowledge of Ruby, you'll also have basic understanding of many ancillary technologies such as SQL, XML, web frameworks, and networking.



  • Introduces readers to the Ruby programming language

  • Takes readers from basic programming skills to web development with topics like Ruby-based frameworks and GUI programming

  • Covers many ancillary technologies in order to provide a broader picture (e.g., databases, XML, network daemons)


What you’ll learn

  • Understand the basics of Ruby and object-oriented building blocks.

  • Work with Ruby libraries, gems, and documentation.

  • Work with files and databases.

  • Write and deploy Ruby applications.

  • Explore Ruby web frameworks and aspects of network programming with Ruby.

  • Develop desktop and GUI applications with Ruby.


Who this book is for


Beginning programmers, programmers new to Ruby, and web developers interested in knowing the foundations of the language.


Table of Contents
  1. Let’s Get It Started: Installing Ruby
  2. Programming = Joy: A Whistle-Stop Tour of Ruby and Object Orientation
  3. Ruby’s Building Blocks: Data, Expressions, and Flow Control
  4. Developing Your First Ruby Application
  5. The Ruby Ecosystem
  6. Classes, Objects, and Modules
  7. Projects and Libraries
  8. Documentation, Error Handling, Debugging, and Testing
  9. Files and Databases
  10. Deploying Ruby Applications and Libraries
  11. Advanced Ruby Features
  12. Tying It Together: Developing a Larger Ruby Application
  13. Web Application Frameworks: Rails, Sinatra, and Ramaze
  14. Ruby and the Internet
  15. Networking, Sockets, and Daemons
  16. GUI-Based Desktop Application Development
  17. Useful Ruby Libraries and Gems

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781430223641
Publisher: Apress
Publication date: 07/19/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 656
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Peter Cooper is an experienced Ruby developer, trainer, and publisher who runs Ruby Inside, the most popular blog in the Ruby and Rails worlds, with 18,000 subscribers. He also curates RubyFlow, a popular Ruby community link blog. Over the past few years he has developed, launched, and sold two startups (Feed Digest and Code Snippets), both powered by Ruby and Rails.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - Foundations and Scaffolding

1. Let’s Get It Started: Installing Ruby

2. Programming = Joy: A Whistle-Stop Tour of Ruby and Object Orientation

3. Ruby’s Building Blocks: Data, Expressions, and Flow Control

4. Developing Your First Ruby Application

5. The Ruby Ecosystem

Part 2 - The Core of Ruby

6. Classes, Objects, and Modules

7. Projects and Libraries

8. Documentation, Error Handling, Debugging, and Testing

9. Files and Databases

10. Deploying Ruby Applications and Libraries

11. Advanced Ruby Features

12. Tying It Together: Developing a Larger Ruby Application

Part 3 - Ruby Online

13. Web Application Frameworks: Rails, Sinatra, and Ramaze

14. Ruby and the Internet

15. Networking and Sockets

16. Useful Ruby Libraries

Appendix A: Ruby Primer and Review for Developers

Appendix B: Useful Resources

Customer Reviews