Item description for Ruby Developer's Guide by Michael Neumann...
An expert guide to Ruby, a popular new Object-Oriented Programming Language
Ruby is quickly becoming a favourite among developers who need a simple, straight forward, portable programming language. Ruby is ideal for quick and easy object-oriented programming such as processing text files or performing system management. Having been compared with other programming languages such as Perl, Python, PCL, Java, Eiffel, and C++; Ruby is popular because of its straight forward syntax and transparent semantics. Using step-by-step examples and real world applications, the Ruby Developer's Guide is designed for programmers and developer's looking to embrace the object-oriented features and functionality of this robust programming language. Readers will learn how to develop, implement, organize and deploy applications using Ruby.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.14" Width: 7.44" Height: 1.69" Weight: 2.69 lbs.
Release Date Jan 18, 2002
ISBN 1928994644 ISBN13 9781928994640
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Reviews - What do customers think about Ruby Developer's Guide?
Pretty Good Content. Poor Editing and Presentation. Sep 12, 2005
I'm not sure how this book has achieved so many stars from previous reviewers. While the content is decent and wide-ranging (if you can get past the editing), the presentation overshadows it in a negative way. The editors and designers of the book managed to do a couple of things that really, REALLY annoy me in technical books:
Poor editing. There's little economy in the writing, which is annoying. The author(s) probably don't have English as their first language, and it shows in the end result. That's not the authors' fault - it's the editor's (if there *was* one). Sloppy editing is (IMO) the sign of a "let's just make some $$ off the 'hot' ruby language" attitude.
The examples stretch over many pages in some cases, in large part because they are presented in a font that is too large, and is double-spaced. That's just stupid: it makes the code hard to read, and whether or not it was intended, it has the appearance of just fattening up the book to take up more shelf space (yes, publishers do this - the cheesier they are, the more likely they are to do it).
The book didn't inspire me to try any of the stuff that was presented. Honestly, I think I might have been better off just scouring the net for example uses of Ruby's extensive libraries and add-ons.
great book about a great programming language Jun 13, 2002
Ruby is together with python the new star at the programming sky. no more ugly pointers, no memory management and Ruby has a big and powerful high level standard library. this book has lots of useful stuff in it. I liked especially the chapters on DBI, SOAP and Performace. The Rexml part could have been bigger in the XML chapter, but when the book was written Rexml was not as powerful as it is today. If you like Ruby (and you will if you want to have fun when programming) you should buy this book. the authers really know what the are talking about.
This book needs better editing Jun 8, 2002
You should buy this book for the information in it. It's a nice tour through the RAA, going through DBI, the various XML processors, XMLRPC/SOAP, Tk/GTK, and other packages that make you want to use Ruby for *everything* ;).
But don't buy it for the writing. It's excessively verbose (do I really need a walk-through of the install process for every package? come on...), is typeset in an overlarge font, has too many screenshots, and has far too many spelling and usage errors.
In short, this book is a bit of a doorstop, but it does contain useful information, and I find myself referring to it often.
An adventurous cookbook for advanced Ruby programmers. Apr 12, 2002
Astounding how one sided the flow of information is in the computing world. Despite Japan's impeccable high tech credentials most anglophone programmers are unfamiliar with the Japanese approaches to software development. Shame, as Ruby, created and widely used in Japan, suggests that there is much to see and learn.
Ruby, as you probably know, is a particularly elegant OOP language created in Japan by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto. Ruby is often described as an OOP a scripting language. A debatable description; this book shows that Ruby is a software engineering language whose zone of applicability has as much in common with Java or C++ as with Perl.
The ground covered here has relatively little in common with other Ruby books. Ruby as a data processing tool or glue language is handsomely covered in Fulton's Ruby Way cookbook and the Pragmatic Programmer's "Programming Ruby" is more tutorial in nature. No book for beginners, Ruby Developer's guide steers away from there areas in to more exotic zones.
The bulk of material in the book could be described as a guided tour through the Ruby Application Archive - a large, and at times anarchic, zoo of contributed Ruby code.
Particularly interesting is the coverage of distributed Ruby programming, SOAP/WebServices, Rinda - JINI's JavaSpaces for Ruby. The various GUI toolkits are given an airing and the book looks at techniques for writing C extensions to the language.
The chapter on XML covers all the major parsers including Sean Russell's divine REXML package. Sadly XSLT processing gets only a page and a half of coverage, nothing to drag Python programmers away from their current toolkit. Despite the book's 700 pages, the often wordy presentation leaves little space for a more thorough exploration of the theme.
In the end what impresses about the Ruby Developer's Guide is how "hot" many of the programming areas covered in this book
remain. Almost a snapshot of the Ruby mailing lists, one gets the positive impression that the book was being updated a few weeks before it hit the shelves.
The danger of writing a hot book of course is that, most probably, it will cool more rapidly than coverage of "classic" data processing themes. Time will tell if the more experimental areas of coverage remain as interesting over the lifetime of this book (will Ruby still have four competing approaches to XML parsing ?, for example). None the less, a challenging and consistently interesting volume for intermediate to advanced programmers.