|No. of Pages:||460|
Ruby has gained some attention through the popular Ruby on Rails web development framework, but the language alone is worthy of more consideration -- a lot more. This book offers a definition explanation of this powerful and extremely flexible language, which draws inspiration from Lisp, Smalltalk and Perl, but uses a grammar that's easy for C and Java programmers to learn.
With The Ruby Programming Language, you will quickly learn your way around versions 1.8 and 1.9, and discover why this pure object-oriented language is also suitable for procedural and functional programming styles. You'll learn Ruby's lexical structure, primary expressions, conditionals, syntax, classes, the data it manipulates, and more. Ruby blurs the distinction between language and platform, so this book includes a tour of the core Ruby API. But the primary subject is the language itself, including: Ruby's lexical structure including basic issues like character set, case sensitivity and reserved words
Numbers, strings, ranges, arrays, and other data that Ruby programs can manipulate, plus basic features of all Ruby objects
Primary expressions in Ruby -- literals, variable references, method invocations and assignments
Conditionals, loops (including blocks and iterator methods), exceptions and other Ruby expressions
Ruby's method definition and invocation syntax, and the invokeable objects known as procs and lambdas
An explanation of closures in Ruby and an exploration of functional programming techniques
Classes and modules in Ruby, inheritance, method visibility, mixing modules and the method name resolution algorithm
Ruby APIs that allow a program to inspect and manipulate itself, and metaprogramming techniques that use the APIs to extend Ruby's syntax for easier programming
A quick tutorial of the Ruby platform -- the most important classes and methods, text processing, numeric computation, collections, input/output, networking and threads
The Ruby Programming Language also covers the top-level Ruby programming environment, including global variables and functions, command-line arguments supported by the Ruby interpreter, and Ruby's security mechanism. If you're an experienced programmer who wants a look at this language in depth, this easy-to-follow guide is invaluable.
About the Author
Yukihiro Matsumoto ("Matz"), the creator of Ruby, is a professional programmer who worked for the Japanese open source company, netlab.jp. Matz is also known as one of the open source evangelists in Japan. He's released several open source products, including cmail, the emacs-based mail user agent, written entirely in emacs lisp. Ruby is his first piece of software that has become known outside of Japan.
|Title:||Ruby Programming Language, The||Publisher:||Shroff|
|Author:||David Flanagan Yukihiro Matsumoto|
|No. of Pages:||460|