Ruby Wizardry
An Introduction to Programming for Kids
Publisher: No Starch Press
Final Release Date: December 2014
Pages: 352

The Ruby programming language is perfect for beginners: easy to learn, powerful, and fun to use! But wouldn't it be more fun if you were learning with the help of some wizards and dragons?

Ruby Wizardry is a playful, illustrated tale that will teach you how to program in Ruby by taking you on a fantastical journey. As you follow the adventures of young heroes Ruben and Scarlet, you'll learn real programming skills, like how to:

  • Use fundamental concepts like variables, symbols, arrays, and strings
  • Work with Ruby hashes to create a programmable breakfast menu
  • Control program flow with loops and conditionals to help the Royal Plumber
  • Test your wild and crazy ideas in IRB and save your programs as scripts
  • Create a class of mini-wizards, each with their own superpower!
  • Organize and reuse your code with methods and lists
  • Write your own amazing interactive stories using Ruby
Along the way, you'll meet colorful characters from around the kingdom, like the hacker Queen, the Off-White Knight, and Wherefore the minstrel. Ruby Wizardry will have you (or your little wizard) hooked on programming in no time.

For ages 10+ (and their parents!)

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4.0

Not just for kids.

By Nathaniel

from Vancouver, BC

Pros

  • Easy to understand
  • Helpful examples

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Novice

    Comments about oreilly Ruby Wizardry:

    I'm glad I bought this book. It was presented as a kids book, but the fact that it had a silly story to go with it has helped the basic concepts really stick. I've moved far beyond what this book covers, but this book has help me view the language itself as something fun.

     
    5.0

    Great, friendly intro to Ruby!

    By Tester

    from NYC

    About Me Developer, Educator

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Novice
      • Student

      Comments about oreilly Ruby Wizardry:

      The product explains using very clear language, how to set up and begin to understand Ruby concepts. There is enough repetition that the beginner doesn't get lost, and it is done with humor. Illustrations and a clever story-telling format make this book ideal for pre-teens, or precocious children (or fun-loving adults who want to have a lot of fun learning Ruby!)

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