The Bastards Book of Ruby
by Dan Nguyen
Publisher: bastardsbook.com 2011
The Bastards Book of Ruby is an introduction to programming and its practical uses for journalists, researchers, scientists, analysts, and anyone else whose job is to seek out, make sense from, and show the hard-to-find data.
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by Mitch Guthrie - bigfatrails.com
A book designed around teaching Ruby on Rails in a precept upon precept fashion. Both theory and practice driving your knowledge. If you are a beginner, the purpose of this book is to simply get you there in small, manageable steps.
by Huw Collingbourne - No Starch Press
A comprehensive tutorial to the Ruby language. Each chapter is accompanied by ready-to-run source code for all the examples. There is also an Introduction which explains how to use the source code in Ruby In Steel or any other IDE of your choice.
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.
by Zed A. Shaw - LCodeTHW
The book assumes absolutely no prior programming knowledge and will guide you carefully and slowly through the learning process. When you are done with it you will have the skill to move on to other books about Ruby and be ready to understand them.