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    SitePoint Enthusiast Checkmate's Avatar
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    Ruby before RoR - Which book do you recommend?

    I'd like to learn Ruby before I get into Ruby on Rails, and was wondering what book you guys recommend for a beginner like me?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Hi there,

    I guess it depends on your background....

    There are some really good beginners tutorials on the ruby web site.
    ( the Ruby in 20 minute is a good start ! )

    Or one of the best books is the Pick Axe !

    Links:
    http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/documentation/quickstart/
    http://pragmaticprogrammer.com/titles/ruby/index.html

    HTH - Dave Porter

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    Yes, it will depend upon your background.

    If you are new to Ruby then Peter Cooper's book - Beginning Ruby is also a good buy.

    If you are coming from a Java background, the book Rails for Java Developers is a good read.

    I would definitely recommend David Black's book - Ruby for Rails
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    Quote Originally Posted by satishtalim View Post
    Yes, it will depend upon your background. I would recommend -
    Ruby for Rails by David Black
    I second this recommendation
    I'm on the last chapter and its been great...Good pacing and comprehensive content.

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    I like

    O'Reilly's 'Ruby on Rails : Up and Running'

    and

    The Pragmatic Programmers 'Agile Web Development with Rails'

    Both are worth their money.


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