RubyGems User Guide
Publisher: RubyGems.org 2010
RubyGems is the premier ruby packaging system. It provides: A standard format for distributing Ruby programs and libraries; An easy to use tool for managing the installation of gem packages; A gem server utility for serving gems from any machine where RubyGems is installed; A standard way of publishing gem packages.
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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 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 Michael Hartl - Addison-Wesley
Leading Rails developer teaches Rails 3 by guiding you through the development of your own complete sample application using the latest techniques in Rails web development. Hartl explains how each new technique solves a real-world problem.
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.