Ruby Programming Language, The

Ruby Programming Language, The (Paperback)

By David Flanagan Yukihiro Matsumoto 
Publisher: Shroff
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 8184044925
EAN: 9788184044928
No. of Pages: 460
Publish Date: 2008
Binding: Paperback
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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
David Flanagan is a computer programmer who spends most of his time writing about JavaScript and Java. His books with O'Reilly include Java in a Nutshell, Java Examples in a Nutshell, Java Foundation Classes in a Nutshell, JavaScript: The Definitive Guide, and JavaScript Pocket Reference. David has a degree in computer science and engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He lives with his wife and children in the U.S. Pacific Northwest bewteen the cities of Seattle, Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia. David has a blog at

Yukihiro Matsumoto ("Matz"), the creator of Ruby, is a professional programmer who worked for the Japanese open source company, 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.


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Title: Ruby Programming Language, The
Publisher: Shroff
Author: David Flanagan Yukihiro Matsumoto
Edition: Paperback
Language: English
ISBN: 8184044925
EAN: 9788184044928
No. of Pages: 460
Publish Date: 2008
Binding: Paperback


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