Best Ruby books

Ruby is one of the most used languages in modern programming, especially on the web. But it works for software development and smaller apps too.

Ruby is quite a different language from others, so there's a lot to learn this language. If you're looking to get started with Ruby, here you will get some of the best books on Ruby from the basics to more advanced topics.

Take a careful look at the list and see what you find!

The Ruby Programming Language: Everything You Need to Know
Author: David Flanagan,Yukihiro Matsumoto
Published at: 04/02/2008
ISBN: 0596516177

It is co-authored by Yukihiro Matsumoto, creator of the Ruby programming language and presents a comprehensive tutorial on Ruby.  The Ruby Programming Language: Everything You Need to Know is intended for experienced programmers who are new to Ruby, and for current Ruby programmers who want to challenge their understanding and increase their mastery of the language.

What you'll learn:

  • A quick-start tutorial to the language
  • The structure and execution of Ruby programs
  • Datatypes and object in Ruby
  • Methods, blocks, lambdas, closures
  • Classes and modules
  • Introduction to the rich API of the Ruby platform including text processing, numeric manipulation, collections, input/output, networking, and concurrency
  • Ruby's metaprogramming capabilities 

It supports the versions 1.8 and 1.9 of the language

The Well-Grounded Rubyist
Author: David A. Black
Published at: 04/07/2014
ISBN: 1617291692
The Well-Grounded Rubyist is the updated book for Ruby 2.1 and covers a lot of ground for both newcomers to Ruby as well as Intermediate programmers of the language. So, it is always helpful to you whether you're a newbie or an Intermediate programmer.

What you'll learn:
  • Basic Ruby language literacy
  • Object, methods and local variables in Ruby
  • Strings, symbols, and other scalar objects 
  • Collection and container objects
  • Collections central: Enumerable and Enumerator
  • Object individuation
  • Callable and Runnable objects
  • Callbacks, hooks, and runtime introspection

Head First Ruby: A Brain-Friendly Guide
Author: Jay McGavren
Published at: 30/11/2015
ISBN: 1449372651

If you're a complete beginner and finding the book that doesn't require you too much reading to learn Ruby, try this one. It uses a visual approach which will help you to learn the language more easily without struggling with a bunch of text.

What you'll learn:

  • How to code the way you want
  • Getting organized using classes and modules
  • Creating inheritance and initializing instances
  • Better code performance using arrays and blocks instead of loops
  • Exception handling
  • Working with 3rd party libraries 
  • How to build your own application on Sinatra

Ruby: Learn Ruby in 24 Hours or Less - A Beginner’s Guide To Learning Ruby Programming Now (Ruby, Ruby Programming, Ruby Course)
Author: Robert Dwight
Published at: 12/05/2016
ISBN: 1533191611

Ruby: Learn Ruby in 24 Hours or Less is one of the best books to learn Ruby. It explains most of the fundamental aspects of Ruby with simple and practical examples. Though it doesn't cover all the details on Ruby, still it's a very good guide for you to understand Ruby quickly even if you've never programmed anything before.

 What you'll learn:

  • Finding the right version of Ruby for your device
  • The basic principles of Ruby programming
  • Creating loops, iterators, classes, objects, and variables
  • Using classes and methods in your program
  • Syntax for Ruby commands
  • The Sharing Functionalities of Ruby
  • How to handle program exceptions

Intro To Ruby Programming: Beginners Guide Series
Author: John Elder
Published at: 10/05/2016
ISBN: 0692714413

This book is designed for those who are an absolute beginner in programming. If you've no prior experience in Programming or Ruby, this book will be the best guide for you. In this book, you will learn all the ins and outs of Rubi programming in a simple, concise and effective way to become a professional Ruby coder.

What you'll learn:

  • Fundamentals concepts of Ruby programming
  • Variables and Math
  • Intermediate concepts like IF/THEN Statements and Array
  • Using Hashes and Loops
  • Building your own methods
  • Building a math flashcard game of your own

Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional (Expert's Voice in Open Source)
Author: Peter Cooper
Published at: 21/07/2009
ISBN: 1430223634

Beginning Ruby offers you an excellent introduction to Ruby. It starts with explaining the principles behind object-oriented and guides you through building your first application in Ruby. With in-depth knowledge of Ruby, you'll also have the understanding of many additional Technologies including, SQL, XML, web frameworks and networking.

What you'll learn:

  • Fundamentals concepts of Ruby
  • Ruby's building blocks-- data, expressions, and flow control
  • Developing your first application in Ruby
  • Using of classes, object, and modules
  • Documentation, error handling, debugging and testing
  • Web application frameworks of Ruby Including, Rails, Sinatra and Ramaze
  • GUI based desktop application development
  • Networking, sockets, and daemons

Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby)
Author: Sandi Metz
Published at: 15/09/2012
ISBN: 0321721330

Since Ruby is a completely object oriented language, it is widely admired for its ease of use. But that doesn't mean you'll have an easier way to pick up the concepts behind the styles. Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby shows you the way to solve that problem by using powerful real-world object-oriented design techniques, which it thoroughly explains using simple and practical Ruby examples.

 What you'll learn:

  • Applying object-oriented programming to write ruby code that is easier to maintain and upgrade
  • Designing classes with a single responsibility
  • Managing dependency relationship among objects
  • Creating flexible interfaces
  • Reducing costs with duck typing
  • Acquiring behavior through inheritance
  • Combining objects with composition
  • Designing cost-effective tests

Eloquent Ruby (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby)
Author: Russ Olsen
Published at: 21/02/2011
ISBN: 0321584104

If you can write correct Ruby code that doesn't mean that you have the fluency in Ruby. This unique book will help you to become fluent in Ruby by showing you the "Ruby way" of thinking and problem-solving. In Eloquent Ruby, you'll learn how to write Ruby like the Rubyist do so that you can leverage its immense and surprising power.

What you'll learn:

  • Writing code that actually looks like Ruby (not Java or C#)
  • How to use strings, expressions, and symbols effectively
  • Embracing dynamic typing
  • Creating your classes from short and focused methods
  • When to use operator overloading, and when to avoid it
  • Creating  classes that can modify itself and its subclasses
  • Building external DSLs for flexible syntax 

Design Patterns in Ruby
Author: Russ Olsen
Published at: 20/12/2007
ISBN: 0321490452

Ruby's unique qualities make design patterns easier to implement and use. In Design Patterns in Ruby, you'll learn how to combine Ruby's power and elegance with patterns to build more sophisticated and effective software with far fewer lines of code.

What you'll learn:

  • A short primer to Ruby
  • Varying the algorithm with the template method
  • Assembling the whole from the parts with the composites
  • Getting things done with the commands
  • Improving your object with a decorator
  • Picking the right class with a factory
  • Easier object construction with the builder
  • Assembling your system with the interpreter
  • Opening up your system with domain specific languages
  • Creating custom objects with meta programming

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