Foreword

Do you know why experienced Ruby programmers tend to reach for basic collections and hashes while programmers from other languages go for more specialized classes? Do you know the difference between strip, chop, and chomp, and why there are three such similar methods when apparently one might suffice? (Not to mention lstrip and rstrip!) Do you know the downsides of dynamic typing? Do you know why the differences between strings and symbols get so blurry, even to experienced Ruby developers? How about metaprogramming? What the heck is an eigenclass? How about protected methods? Do you know what they’re really about? Really? Are you sure?

Russ knows all that stuff and more. And if books are like babies, then Russ is that experienced mom ...

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