The Bastards Book of Ruby

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  • Author: Dan Nguyen
  • Format: online HTML
  • Price: free

The Bastards Book of Ruby is an introduction to programming and its practical uses for journalists, researchers, scientists, analysts, and anyone else whose job is to seek out, make sense from, and show the hard-to-find data.

This does not require being “good at computers”, having a background in programming, or the desire (yet) to be a full-fledged hacker/developer. It just takes an eagerness to be challenged.

Chapters include:

  • Installation
  • Tweet Fetching
  • Style, Conventions, and Debugging
  • Numbers
  • Strings
  • Variables
  • Methods
  • Methods Part II: RubyGems
  • If and Else
  • Loops
  • Collections
  • Enumerables
  • File input/output
  • Reviewing Tweet Fetching
  • Regular Expressions
  • An Intro to Web Scraping
  • Meet Your Web Inspector
  • Inspecting a Webpage’s Traffic
  • Parsing HTML with Nokogiri
  • Writing a Web Crawler
  • The Mechanize Gem
  • SQL
  • Using Non-Ruby Programs With Ruby
  • Image Manipulation
  • Exception and Error Handling
  • Object-Oriented Concepts
  • Recursion
  • Comparing California’s Costs of Surgery
  • Counting the Jail Logs
  • Gathering the Standard & Poor’s 500 Stock Listings

http://ruby.bastardsbook.com/

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