Making Use of Ruby
By Suresh Mahadevan
Publisher: Wiley
Final Release Date: May 2003
Pages: 240

A hands-on introduction to a powerful, easy-to-use scripting language

Ruby's clear and clever syntax makes it an excellent choice for beginners, while its speed and extensibility makes it extremely useful for experienced developers. This up-and-coming scripting language is compact, fast, powerful, and yet, surprisingly simple to use. Suresh Mahadevan offers you a detailed introduction to this open source language and explains how it can save programmers considerable time during program development because no compilation and linking is necessary. With its built-in interfaces to Java, Perl, and Python, Ruby is well suited for writing text prototypes, mathematics, and many other everyday programming tasks. Packed with real-world examples and advice on how to move beyond the samples to tackle specific tasks, this excellent resource also includes end-of-chapter reviews and exercises to help you master the many possibilities of Ruby.

With numerous real-world examples and expert advice, this book:
Provides a concise and task-oriented introduction to Ruby
Helps you evaluate the suitability of Ruby for your project
Is a practical introduction to Ruby's syntax and fundamental strengths
Includes numerous working scripts, with information on how to adapt and extend them to meet individual needs

The companion Web site contains:
All source code from the book
Frequently asked questions, quizzes, and best practices
* Links to other Ruby sites

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