Gregory Brown

Gregory Brown

Rubyist

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  • Free Software
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Gregory Brown is a New Haven, CT based Rubyist who spends most of his time on free software projects in Ruby. His main projects are Prawn and Ruport, and he is also the author of the upcoming book Ruby Best Practices. He also is in possession of a small bamboo plant that seems to be invincible, and he is quite proud of this accomplishment.

Ruby Best Practices Ruby Best Practices
by Gregory Brown
June 2009
Print: $34.99
Ebook: $27.99

Gregory blogs at:

How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

How Shazam predicts pop hits

May 22 2015

Subscribe to the O’Reilly Radar Podcast to track the technologies and people that will shape our world in the years to come. In this week’s Radar Podcast, I chat with Cait O’Riordan, VP of product, music and platforms at Shazam. … read more

Photo-Development Challenge Results #2: Statues

May 22 2015

It's been three months to the day since I posted "Photo-Development Challenge: Inspire Me and Others With Your Artistic Interpretation", and I'm mortified that it's only the second set of results that I'm finally getting around to sharing (the first having been "Hillside Temple Buildings" 2½ months ago). In retrospect,… read more

Ask the Readers: Will higher interest rates make you save more money?

May 22 2015

This article is by editor Linda Vergon. Interest rates are expected to rise later in 2015. What will you do with this information? You could make the case that you haven’t missed much if you didn’t keep your money in a savings account over the last few years. But still,… read more

Four short links: 22 May 2015

May 22 2015

GM: That Car You Bought, We’re Really the Ones Who Own It — GM’s claim is all about copyright and software code, and it’s the same claim John Deere is making about their tractors. The TL;DR version of the argument … read more

"Overall, I was highly satisfied with the book and would advise any intermediate Ruby programmer take a closer look at what Ruby Best Practices has to offer."
--Mike Riley, Dr. Dobb's CodeTalk

"If you are an intermediate-to-expert Ruby programmer you should absolutely read this book...Tips, tricks and suggestions abound. Even expert-level Rubyists should learn something. RBP left me wanting more of Gregory’s teaching. He really does a good job of explaining concepts and walking through code. Thankfully, he started up a Ruby Best Practices blog with more content!"
--Jerod Santo, blogt0ski1

"Given my experience and goals, Ruby Best Practices was a perfect read...Not only are Brown’s examples excellent, but they are plentiful. Nearly every new idea he introduces is demonstrated through a case study of real (or plausibly real) code. Working through this book will definitely sharpen your code-reading skills. Beyond simply being clear, Brown’s writing is also fun to read. His enthusiasm for the subject matter is obvious...and leads to a technical book that I’m tempted to call a page-turner. "
--Ben Orenstein, Codeulate.

"RBP is very rich with ideas and perspectives and examples but there are also a lot of simple takeaways that will stick with me as long as I write code in Ruby...You should check it out, read it in your user group or dev team and discuss it. I really think we need more of these type of practical best practices books and blogs and case-studies and discussions and I am glad for the appearance of this book."
--Dylan Clendenin, Deep Thawtz