Your Gold Box
Search        Browse
Subjects
       Bestsellers        Magazines        Corporate
Accounts
       e-books
& docs
       Bargain Books        Used
Books

SEARCH
Search Web

BOOK INFORMATION
  buying info
    editorial reviews
    customer reviews



Visit the Sports & Outdoors Store
Exercise & Fitness equipment and apparel to help you get on track and in shape.

Gourmet Gifts
Find gift baskets for everyone.

  
Ready to Buy?
20 used & new from $30.46
Have one to sell?
You could win a
$50 Amazon gift certificate
or the Grand Prize. Start by
adding five items
to your Wish List.
Learn more.
Ruby Developer's Guide
by Michael Neumann, Lyle Johnson, Robert Feldt, Lyle Johnson, Jonothon Ortiz


List Price:   $49.95
Price:   $32.97 & This item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping. See details.
You Save:   $16.98 (34%)
Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours
Only 1 left in stock--order soon (more on the way).


20 used & new from $30.46

Edition: Paperback
Other Editions: List Price: Our Price: Other Offers:
Digital (Download: PDF) $34.97 $34.97  


See more product details

Better Together

Buy this book with The Ruby Way by Hal Fulton today!
plus
Total List Price: $89.94
Buy Together Today: $60.16


Customers who bought this book also bought:
Explore Similar Items: 20 in Books



Product Details
  • Paperback: 720 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.69 x 9.14 x 7.44
  • Publisher: Syngress; 1 edition (January 18, 2002)
  • ISBN: 1928994644
  • In-Print Editions: e-book (Adobe Reader (PDF)) | All Editions
  • Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars Based on 3 reviews.
  • Amazon.com Sales Rank in Books: #300,732
    (Publishers and authors: improve your sales)


What's Your Advice?
Is there an item you'd recommend instead of or in addition to this one? Let the world know! Enter the item's ASIN (
what's an ASIN?)
in the box below, select advice type, then click Submit.

I recommend: in addition to this book
instead of this book

Editorial Reviews

From Book News, Inc.
This guide for developers describes how to create applications using the Ruby object-oriented programming language. This is not an introductory text, and it is expected that the reader has at least a basic understanding of Ruby. A sampling of topics includes using GUI toolkits; programming with Ruby's database-independent- interface; and connecting two or more applications across a network using Distributed Ruby (Drb).Copyright © 2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR



Book Info
Written by a team of Ruby gurus, this is the most comprehensive book available for serious Ruby developers. Softcover.



Book Description
Ruby astounds developers with its ability to make programming fun again. It frees programmers to concentrate on programming objectives, and creates fewer obstacles than other languages by flowing ideas directly into the code. Although Ruby is experiencing dramatic growth, there are very few educational resources available for aspiring developers. Written by a team of Ruby gurus, Ruby Developer’s Guide is the most comprehensive book available for serious Ruby developers.


See all editorial reviews...


All Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
Write an online review and share your thoughts with other customers.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5 out of 5 stars great book about a great programming language, June 13, 2002
Reviewer:   Markus Jais (Unterweikertshofen Germany) - See all my reviews
Ruby is together with python the new star at the programming
sky. no more ugly pointers, no memory management and Ruby
has a big and powerful high level standard library.
this book has lots of useful stuff in it. I liked especially
the chapters on DBI, SOAP and Performace. The Rexml part
could have been bigger in the XML chapter, but when the book
was written Rexml was not as powerful as it is today.
If you like Ruby (and you will if you want to have fun when programming) you should buy this book. the authers really know
what the are talking about.

Was this review helpful to you?   (Report this)

 

10 of 10 people found the following review helpful:

3 out of 5 stars This book needs better editing, June 8, 2002
Reviewer:   Dan Debertin (Minneapolis, MN United States) - See all my reviews
You should buy this book for the information in it. It's a nice tour through the RAA, going through DBI, the various XML processors, XMLRPC/SOAP, Tk/GTK, and other packages that make you want to use Ruby for *everything* ;).

But don't buy it for the writing. It's excessively verbose (do I really need a walk-through of the install process for every package? come on...), is typeset in an overlarge font, has too many screenshots, and has far too many spelling and usage errors.

In short, this book is a bit of a doorstop, but it does contain useful information, and I find myself referring to it often.

Was this review helpful to you?   (Report this)

 

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful:

4 out of 5 stars An adventurous cookbook for advanced Ruby programmers., April 12, 2002
Reviewer:   Aiden Mark Humphreys (Wiesbaden Deutschland) - See all my reviews
Astounding how one sided the flow of information is in the
computing world. Despite Japan's impeccable high tech
credentials most anglophone programmers are unfamiliar with the
Japanese approaches to software development. Shame, as Ruby,
created and widely used in Japan, suggests that there is much to
see and learn.

Ruby, as you probably know, is a particularly elegant OOP
language created in Japan by Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto. Ruby is
often described as an OOP a scripting language. A debatable
description; this book shows that Ruby is a software engineering
language whose zone of applicability has as much in common with
Java or C++ as with Perl.

The ground covered here has relatively little in common with
other Ruby books. Ruby as a data processing tool or glue
language is handsomely covered in Fulton's Ruby Way cookbook and
the Pragmatic Programmer's "Programming Ruby" is more tutorial
in nature. No book for beginners, Ruby Developer's guide steers
away from there areas in to more exotic zones.

The bulk of material in the book could be described as a guided
tour through the Ruby Application Archive - a large, and at
times anarchic, zoo of contributed Ruby code.

Particularly interesting is the coverage of distributed Ruby
programming, SOAP/WebServices, Rinda - JINI's JavaSpaces for
Ruby. The various GUI toolkits are given an airing and the book
looks at techniques for writing C extensions to the language.

The chapter on XML covers all the major parsers including Sean
Russell's divine REXML package. Sadly XSLT processing gets only
a page and a half of coverage, nothing to drag Python
programmers away from their current toolkit. Despite the book's
700 pages, the often wordy presentation leaves little space for
a more thorough exploration of the theme.

In the end what impresses about the Ruby Developer's Guide is
how "hot" many of the programming areas covered in this book

remain. Almost a snapshot of the Ruby mailing lists, one gets
the positive impression that the book was being updated a few
weeks before it hit the shelves.

The danger of writing a hot book of course is that, most
probably, it will cool more rapidly than coverage of "classic"
data processing themes. Time will tell if the more experimental
areas of coverage remain as interesting over the lifetime of
this book (will Ruby still have four competing approaches to XML
parsing ?, for example). None the less, a challenging and
consistently interesting volume for intermediate to advanced
programmers.

Was this review helpful to you?   (Report this)


Customers who bought titles by Michael Neumann also bought titles by these authors:

Listmania!

Look for similar books by subject:

Browse for books in:

Search for books by subject:
Artificial Intelligence - General
Computer Bks - Languages / Programming
Computer Books: Languages
Computers
Programming - Object Oriented Programming
Programming Languages - General


i.e., each book must be in subject 1 AND subject 2 AND ...



Where's My Stuff?
• Track your recent orders.
• View or change your orders in Your Account.
Shipping & Returns
• See our shipping rates & policies.
Return an item (here's our Returns Policy).
Need Help?
• Forgot your password? Click here.
Redeem or buy a gift certificate.
Visit our Help department.
Search    for     
Exquisite Fragrance Gift Sets
Find fragrances, gifts under $25, and fabulous gifts with purchase in the Beauty Store.
Perfect Gifts for Everyone
Find shavers, scales, Sonicare, and the life-saving HeartStart home defibrillator in Health & Personal Care.
Gorgeous Gourmet Gifts
Get gorgeous gift baskets, decadent chocolates, and free shipping on select orders in the Gourmet Food Store.
Top of Page

Books Search  |  Browse Subjects  |  Bestsellers  |  Magazines  |  Corporate Accounts
e-Books & Docs  |  Bargain Books  |  Used Books

Amazon.com Home  |   Directory of All Stores

Our International Sites: Canada   |   United Kingdom   |   Germany   |   Japan   |   France

Contact Us  |   Help  |   Shopping Cart  |   Your Account  |   Sell Items  |   1-Click Settings

Investor Relations  |   Press Releases  |   Join Our Staff

Conditions of Use | Privacy Notice © 1996-2004, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates