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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