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The Book of Ruby--New from No Starch Press

From:  Travis Peterson <nostarchpr-AT-post.oreilly.com>
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Subject:  The Book of Ruby--New from No Starch Press
Date:  Thu, 30 Jun 2011 09:03:15 -0700
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The Book of Ruby--New from No Starch Press
New Book Shows How to Master Ruby from the Inside Out

San Francisco, CA, June 30, 2011--Ruby is one of the world's most popular programming languages.
It's powerful, expressive, and accessible for even inexperienced coders. But while Ruby is famously
easy to learn, most users only scratch the surface of what it can do.

"The Book of Ruby" (July 2011, 400 pp., $39.95, ISBN 9781593272944) reveals Ruby's hidden inner
workings and shows how to write clear, maintainable code. Readers begin with the basics--types,
data structures, and control flows--and progress to advanced features like blocks, mixins,
metaprogramming, and beyond. Rather than bog things down with a lot of theory, The Book of Ruby
takes a hands-on approach and focuses on making coders productive from day one.

"Ruby may be easy to learn, but it's not easy to master," said author Huw Collingbourne. "Many a
user has been caught out by its deceptively simple syntax. If you've toyed with Ruby but still feel
like you're just playing around, "The Book of Ruby" will give you the insight you need to make it
do remarkable things."

With "The Book of Ruby," readers learn to:

- Leverage Ruby's succinct and flexible syntax to maximize productivity
- Balance Ruby's functional, imperative, and object-oriented features
- Write self-modifying programs using dynamic programming techniques
- Create new fibers and threads for lightweight multitasking
- Catch and recover from execution errors with robust exception handling
- Develop powerful web applications with the Ruby on Rails framework

Each chapter includes a "Digging Deeper" section that shows readers how Ruby works under the hood,
so they won't be caught off guard by its scoping, multithreading features, or precedence rules.

Whether readers are new to programming or just new to Ruby, they'll find "The Book of Ruby" to be a
complete guide to the art of rapid, real-world software development with this unique and elegant
language.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Huw Collingbourne is the Director of Technology for SapphireSteel Software, developer of the Ruby
In Steel IDE. With 30 years of programming experience, he has written programming columns for
numerous magazines, presented features on computing for BBC Television, and currently edits the
online technical journal Bitwise Magazine. He has previously released two free ebooks on Ruby--"The
Little Book of Ruby" and "The Book of Ruby."

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES
Chapter 11: "Symbols?" (PDF):
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Detailed Table of Contents (PDF):
http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1z0rvrhq14me2oosmud8h1h10bbj...
Index (PDF):
http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1ziqbar2djfh4inbkmel6a930hdn...
Catalog Page:
http://post.oreilly.com/rd/9z1z76vvig1b8e0vdq07uo87qqh335...

The Book of Ruby
by Huw Collingbourne
July 2011, 400 pp., $39.95 USD
ISBN 9781593272944

Available in fine bookstores everywhere, from http://oreilly.com/nostarch, or directly from No
Starch Press (http://nostarch.com, orders@nostarch.com, or +1.415.863.9900).

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