Ruby Hacking Guide
by Minero Aoki
The RHG is a book that explains how the ruby interpreter (the official C implementation of the Ruby language) works internally. To fully understand it, you need a good knowledge of C and Ruby. This book is going to investigate ruby as a whole.
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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.
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.
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.
RubyGems is the premier ruby packaging system. It provides: A standard format for distributing Ruby programs and libraries; An tool for managing the installation of gem packages; A gem server utility for serving gems from any machine...