Beginning Ruby

by Suw on June 11, 2007

So a few months ago I thought that it would probably be a really smart move for me to join LRUG – the London Ruby Users Group – so that I would be able to meet some other Ruby users, and maybe find some help in my quest to learn Ruby on Rails. It's been a bit intimidating, I must admit, as there are a lot of people here who actually know something about Ruby and RoR, so I feel a bit overwhelmed at times. But that said, I'm getting to know people and have found someone to mentor me and help me get (re-)started on RoR.
About two months ago, Apress Books offered a number of copies of Beginning Ruby by Peter Cooper to LRUG members in return for a review. I thought that it would be a good thing for me to get a copy and try to get my head round Ruby as a language, instead of trying to just absorb it osmotically by doing stuff with Rails. Apress very kindly gave me a copy, and two months later I can safely say that it looks really pretty on my bookshelf.
I'm currently sitting in the LRUG meeting and have successfully had my guilt strings tugged by Murray Steele, so I have downloaded Chapter One, which is available as a free sample and I promise that I will read it and write a review of it before the next LRUG. I absolutely promise, cross my heart, hope to get a small but irritating blister on my little toe.

Anonymous June 14, 2007 at 2:54 pm

The guide which got me hooked was 'why's (poignant) guide to Ruby'. I've found David Black's 'Ruby for Rails' to be a good way of untangling the bits of Ruby I'd seen but had not understood having hacked a few Rails apps.

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