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If you can only buy one book on Ruby, this is the one to get. The authors (Dave and Andy) have an enjoyable writing style and have a knack for explaining things. If you can't buy any book on Ruby, then check out their open content version on the web.
Hal attepts to capture that ellusive "Ruby Way" of doing things and he does a good job. This is a great book for dealing with the details of using Ruby. For example, he covers how to use Hashes and Arrays to do specific jobs.
If The Ruby Way focuses on the details of using Ruby itself, the Ruby Developer's Guide concentrates on using Ruby with other software. XML, Windowing Systems and Databases are a few of the topics covered in this book. There is some overlap with The Ruby Way, but there is enough different material to make both books worthwhile.
This is a translation from Japanese of Matz's Ruby reference. This is a small book, but covers the language and libraries well. Even though I had been using Ruby for over a year when I first read this book, I still learned a few things.
I've not reviewed this book, but have heard good things about it (in spite of the "21 Days" in the title).
I have not reviewed this book.
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