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Best Ruby Books To Read


In this post, we have prepared a curated top list of reading recommendations for beginners and experienced. This hand-picked list of the best Ruby books and tutorials can help fill your brain this September and ensure you’re getting smarter. We have also mentioned the brief introduction of each book based on the relevant Amazon or Reddit descriptions.

1. Programming Ruby 1.9 & 2.0: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide (The Facets of Ruby) (2013)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadRuby is the fastest growing and most exciting dynamic language out there. If you need to get working programs delivered fast, you should add Ruby to your toolbox. This book is the only complete reference for both Ruby 1.9 and Ruby 2.0, the very latest version of Ruby. 2013 marks the 20th anniversary of the Ruby language. We’re proud that throughout its history, we’ve continued to cover the latest version of Ruby.Would you like to go from first idea to working code much, much faster?
Author(s): Dave Thomas, Andy Hunt

2. Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmers’ Guide, Second Edition (2004)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadRuby is an increasingly popular, fully object-oriented dynamic programming language, hailed by many practitioners as the finest and most useful language available today. When Ruby first burst onto the scene in the Western world, the Pragmatic Programmers were there with the definitive reference manual, Programming Ruby: The Pragmatic Programmer’s Guide. Now in its second edition, author Dave Thomas has expanded the famous Pickaxe book with over 200 pages of new content, covering all the improved language features…
Author(s): Dave Thomas, Chad Fowler

3. The Ruby Programming Language: Everything You Need to Know (2008)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadThe Ruby Programming Language is the authoritative guide to Ruby and provides comprehensive coverage of versions 1.8 and 1.9 of the language. This book begins with a quick-start tutorial to the language, and then explains the language in detail from the bottom up: from lexical and syntactic structure to datatypes to expressions and statements and on through methods, blocks, lambdas, closures, classes and modules. The book also includes a long and thorough introduction to the rich API of the Ruby platform, demonstrating…
Author(s): David Flanagan, Yukihiro Matsumoto

4. Ruby For Beginners: Your Guide To Easily Learn Ruby Programming in 7 days (2017)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadThis book aims to guide a complete novice in Ruby programming. This book is carefully crafted to aid the new or inexperienced programmer in learning to write a code in Ruby language. If you are someone who somehow developed a fear to explore the unknown and still interested in learning Ruby programming, then this book can truly help you. This book covers everything that a beginner in Ruby programming should learn. Understand that programming offers an infinite amount of information and knowledge. However, this book understands that it may overwhelm a mere beginner…
Author(s): iCode Academy

5. The Well-Grounded Rubyist (2014)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadThe Well-Grounded Rubyist, Second Edition addresses both newcomers to Ruby as well as Ruby programmers who want to deepen their understanding of the language. This beautifully written and totally revised second edition includes coverage of features that are new in Ruby 2.1, as well as expanded and updated coverage of aspects of the language that have changed. This is a good time for Ruby! It’s powerful like Java or C++, and has dynamic features that let your code react gracefully to changes…
Author(s): David A. Black

6. Ruby (2016)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadLearn Ruby In 24 Hours Or Less! In this book you will find the fundamental aspects of the Ruby programming language. It will explain theories and lessons through detailed instructions and practical examples. With this eBook, you’ll learn how to get Ruby, how to write Ruby statements, and how to use this language in creating your own programs. If you’re searching for a comprehensive learning material for Ruby, this is the book you need. With the help of the important ideas and practical examples contained within, you will be able to master Ruby quickly even if you have never programmed anything before.
Author(s): Robert Dwight

7. Head First Ruby: A Brain-Friendly Guide (2015)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadWhat’s all the buzz about this Ruby language? Is it right for you? Well, ask yourself: are you tired of all those extra declarations, keywords, and compilation steps in your other language? Do you want to be a more productive programmer? Then you’ll love Ruby. With this unique hands-on learning experience, you’ll discover how Ruby takes care of all the details for you, so you can simply have fun and get more done with less code. Based on the latest research in cognitive science…
Author(s): Jay McGavren

8. Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby (2012)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadThe Complete Guide to Writing More Maintainable, Manageable, Pleasing, and Powerful Ruby Applications. Ruby’s widely admired ease of use has a downside: Too many Ruby and Rails applications have been created without concern for their long-term maintenance or evolution. The Web is awash in Ruby code that is now virtually impossible to change or extend. This text helps you solve that problem by using powerful real-world object-oriented design techniques, which it thoroughly explains using simple and practical Ruby…
Author(s): Sandi Metz

9. The Ruby Way (2015)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadFor more than a decade, Ruby developers have turned to The Ruby Way for reliable “how-to” guidance on effective Ruby programming. Now, Hal Fulton and André Arko have thoroughly updated this classic guide to cover new language enhancements and developers’ experiences through Ruby 2.1. The new edition illuminates Ruby 2.1 through 400+ examples, each answering the question: “How do I do this in Ruby?” For each example, they present both a task description and realistic technical constraints.
Author(s): Hal Fulton, André Arko

10. The Well Grounded Rubyist (2018)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadRuby is a dynamic language perfect for creating applications, development tools, and administrative scripts. The Well-Grounded Rubyist, Third Edition is a perfect tutorial for newcomers to Ruby and a great way for experienced Rubyists to deepen their understanding of the language.
Author(s): David A. Black, Leo, Joseph, III

11. Ruby: Programming, Master’s Handbook (2015)

 Best Ruby Books To Read“The content of the book was brilliantly put together “ – Donay Mitchell, from “The author did a great job in writing this book “ – CL White, from “ This book is focused, straight to the point, dense, fun to read and enjoyable with it’s strong logical flow of ideas. “ – Miller, from Looking to build a high-paying Programming Career? Would you like to become an up-and-coming Ruby Developer? Crafted by some of the best minds who have studied in some of the world’s top universities, You’re among one of the best learning programs out there.
Author(s): Codewell Academy, R.M.Z. Trigo

12. Ruby Programming (Introduction to Programming) (2010)

 Best Ruby Books To ReadRuby is a free and powerful programming language that can be used to develop programs to meet nearly any programming challenge, including scripting, application programming and Web development. This new text teaches Ruby programming through a lively hands-on approach and a focus on game development. Students begin by learning the fundamentals of computer programming and will move on to mastering the concepts and principles involved in Ruby programming.
Author(s): Jr. Jerry Lee Ford

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Best Ruby Books to Read

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Genesis and download some Ruby books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Well Grounded Rubyist

Author(s): David A. Black
Publisher: Manning Publications, Year: 28 Feb 2019, Size: 5 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2343282

The Ruby on Rails Tutorial

Author(s): Michael Hartl
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 32 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2466440

Agile web development with Rails 6

Author(s): Sam Ruby; David Bryant Copeland; David Thomas
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 17 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2523941

Revitalizing Spa Recipes: 30+ Amazing Ways to Treat Your Body Right!

Author(s): Camfield, Ruby
Publisher: Independently published, Year: 2020, Size: 4 Mb, Download: pdf
ID: 2524452

Ruby Programming for Beginners: An Introduction to Learning Ruby Programming with Tutorials and Hands-On Examples

Author(s): Metzler, Nathan
Publisher: , Year: 2020, Size: 5 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2532297

Ruby on Rails Tutorial

Author(s): Michael Hartl
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional, Year: 2020, Size: 58 Mb, Download: epub
ID: 2542555

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to The New York Times, others are drafted by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant links you could recommend? Leave a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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