Head First Ruby
A Brain-Friendly Guide
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: August 2015
Pages: 572

What will you learn from this book?

What’s all the buzz about this Ruby language? Is it right for you? Well, ask yourself: are you tired of all those extra declarations, keywords, and compilation steps in your other language? Do you want to be a more productive programmer? Then you’ll love Ruby. With this unique hands-on learning experience, you’ll discover how Ruby takes care of all the details for you, so you can simply have fun and get more done with less code.

Why does this book look so different?

Based on the latest research in cognitive science and learning theory, Head First Ruby uses a visually rich format to engage your mind, rather than a text-heavy approach to put you to sleep. Why waste your time struggling with new concepts? This multi-sensory learning experience is designed for the way your brain really works.

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4.4

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  • Accurate (5)
  • Concise (5)
  • Helpful examples (5)
  • Well-written (5)

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5.0

Takes you from A to Z safely and quickly

By turbopro

from NY

About Me Lifelong Learner

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Pros

  • Accurate
  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Perhaps Too Many Images

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Comments about oreilly Head First Ruby:

I needed to get up to speed on Ruby in order to complete a new Ruby on Rails course to which I enlisted. The text was great at taking me from the ground up quickly and surely. Granted, I have programming experience: C, C++, Python, R, PHP, etc., so perhaps the learning curve was not too steep for me. Moreover, Ruby is natively Object Oriented, and, was developed to make it easier on the programmer to get things done. So, my experience with the text was a great experience. I completed the first 9 chapters in one week, and, I had/now have a fairly good grasp of Ruby.

The one thing I may nitpick at--since you asked--is the plethora of images scattered amongst the text. Ok, I suppose it is the "Head First *" pedagogic style, but, well perhaps there may be a little too much of a good thing. I would scale back a little on the number of images--but that's just me.

If you have some programming experience, and want to get on board with Ruby relatively quickly, this is your text. If you are new to programming, it will get you there, but it may take a little longer--but you will get there.

This is a great text.

 
4.0

Good starter. Motivating!

By Maion

from Jundiaí, SP, Brazil

About Me Developer, Educator, Maker

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Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples
  • Well-written

Cons

  • Too basic

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Comments about oreilly Head First Ruby:

I really enjoy the "Head First" collection. It is fun to read. Fun to learn.
With Ruby it is even better! Ruby is fun to code!
I was facing a little bit of trouble to start with Ruby. Head First Ruby made it more simple.
It was a pleasure. I faced few problems coding during the book, I got in touch with the author that helped. And we figured out that the problem was with special characters used in my path (I am from Brazil, and we have things like "ç", "ê", "á", etc)

 
5.0

great examples, practice, background

By Chuck

from Omaha, NE

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Pros

  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Matches My Learning Style

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    Best Uses

    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Head First Ruby:

    Jay's gentle humor and intensity of each practice example along with intelligent insight into good coding procedure make this book great. The hard copy will be good and worn in my office and the ebook version will be well traveled. I've purchased copies for co-workers and friends, too.

     
    4.0

    ePub updates

    By OldGuy

    from Mount Vernon, WA

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    Pros

    • Easy to understand

    Cons

    • Publisher Not Updating

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    • Intermediate

    Comments about oreilly Head First Ruby:

    Excellant book.

     
    4.0

    This goes beside my Pickaxe book...

    By OldGuy

    from Mount Vernon, WA

    About Me Hobbyist, Retired Network Specialis

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    • Accurate
    • Concise
    • Easy to understand
    • Enjoyable Read
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    • Well-written

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      Comments about oreilly Head First Ruby:

      The title says it. Can't wait for the rest of the book.

       
      4.0

      yes

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          goood

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          5.0

          excellently written, concise and enjoyable to read

          By Genius

          from Stavanger Norway

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            Comments about oreilly Head First Ruby:

            What an enjoyable reading experience. The author is concise and straight to the point and he does so in a way that leaves the reader panting for more. I wish he would write a book on rails like this.

            Though I have bought the ebook(early release), I will still buy the hard copy because this book is a must have in my library.

            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great book

            By P dos Santos

            from Luanda, AO

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              Comments about oreilly Head First Ruby:

              I am giving 4 starts because we have only 4 chapter now.

              But let me say that, with this first 4 chapter I was able to understand Ruby as I never undertood before.

              I am anxious waiting for other chapters.

              Great Book!

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