Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby

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  • Author: Why the Lucky Stiff
  • Format: online HTML, archived HTML, PDF
  • Price: free

A programming adventure for Ruby beginners illustrated with cartoon foxes.

Chapters include:

  • About this book
  • Kon’nichi wa, Ruby
  • A Quick (and Hopefully Painless) Ride Through Ruby (with Cartoon Foxes): basic introduction to central Ruby concepts
  • Floating Little Leaves of Code: evaluation and values, hashes and lists
  • Them What Make the Rules and Them What Live the Dream: case/when, while/until, variable scope, blocks, methods, class definitions, class attributes, objects, modules, introspection in IRB, dup, self, rbconfig module
  • Downtown: metaprogramming, regular expressions
  • When You Wish Upon a Beard: send method, new methods in existing classes
  • The Tiger’s Vest (with a Basic Introduction to IRB): discusses IRB, the interactive Ruby interpreter.

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