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The Well-Grounded Rubyist by David A. Black

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Part 1. Ruby foundations

The goal of this part of the book is to give you a broad but practical foundation layer on which to build, and to which to anchor, the further explorations of Ruby that follow in parts 2 and 3. We’ll start with a chapter on bootstrapping your Ruby literacy; after working though that first chapter, you’ll be able to run Ruby programs comfortably and have a good sense of the layout of a typical Ruby installation. Starting with chapter 2, we’ll get into the details of the Ruby language. Ruby is an object-oriented language, and the sooner you dive into how Ruby handles objects, the better. Accordingly, objects will serve both as a way to bootstrap the discussion of the language (and your knowledge of it) and as a golden ...

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