why's (poignant) guide to Ruby
by why the lucky stiff
This is just a small illustrated online-only Ruby book. It won’t crush you. It’s light as a feather (because I haven’t finished it yet—hehe). And there’s a reason this book will stay light: because Ruby is simple to learn.
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by Huw Collingbourne - Dark Neon Ltd.
A straightforward introduction to the fundamentals of Ruby programming: strings, numbers, objects, methods, class hierarchies, arrays, iterators, hashes, modules, mixins and much more. Small, self-contained programming samples are included.
This book is a great collection of ideas, tricks, and skills that could be useful for Hackers. It's a unique extraction reference, summarizes a lot of research and experience. Rubyfu is a book to use not only to read, it's where ruby goes evil.
by Chris Pine - Pragmatic Bookshelf
Pine teaches you how to program in Ruby with a minimum of fuss or bother. Starting with simple one-line programs, you'll see how to have your webpage send you email, to shuffle your music, to rename your photos from your digital camera, and more.
Ruby is an interpreted, object-oriented scripting language. This book will show how to install and get started with Ruby in your environment. It demonstrates the main features of the language syntax. The text is designed to be self contained.