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Press Release: April 28, 2009

Programming Ruby 1.9--New from Pragmatic Bookshelf: Get Up to Speed with the Very Latest Advancements in Ruby

Raleigh, NC—Want to get up to speed with the newest version of Ruby? Programming Ruby 1.9 (Pragmatic Bookshelf, $49.95 USD) is the only complete reference for Ruby 1.9: 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. Would you like to go from first idea to working code much faster? Do you currently spend more time satisfying the compiler instead of your clients or end users? Are you frustrated with demanding languages that seem to get in your way, instead of getting the work done? Are you using Rails, and want to dig deeper into the underlying Ruby language? If so, then we’ve got a language and book for you!

Ruby is a fully object-oriented language, much like the classic object-oriented language, Smalltalk. Like Smalltalk, it is dynamically typed (as opposed to Java or C++), but unlike Smalltalk, Ruby features the same conveniences found in modern scripting languages such as Perl and Python.

The combination of the power of a pure object-oriented language with the convenience of a scripting language makes Ruby a favorite tool of intelligent, forward-thinking programmers.

The Pickaxe contains four major sections:

  • An acclaimed tutorial on using Ruby.
  • The definitive reference to the 1.9 language.
  • Complete documentation of all built-in classes, modules, and methods.
  • Complete descriptions of all 98 standard libraries.

This is the reference manual for Ruby, including a description of all the standard library modules, a complete reference to all built-in classes and modules (including all the new and changed methods introduced by Ruby 1.9). It also includes all the new and changed syntax and semantics introduced since Ruby 1.8. Learn about the new parameter passing rules, local variable scoping in blocks, fibers, and the new block declaration syntax, among other exciting new features.

For a review copy or more information please email Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Dave Thomas has been in love with the Ruby language since 1999. The original Programming Ruby (which covered Ruby 1.6) brought Ruby to the attention of developers outside Japan. Dave enjoys evangelizing Ruby at conferences, user groups, and trainings around the world. He was the orignal author of the rdoc and ri documentation tools, and as a committer to the Ruby repository he contributed to the majority of the documentation in the Ruby source code. Along with Andy Hunt, he's a principal in The Pragmatic Bookshelf. He has authored seven other books.

Additional Resources
For more information about the book, including code, errata, discussions, and more, see the catalog page for Programming Ruby 1.9.

Programming Ruby 1.9
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf
Dave Thomas
ISBN: 9781934356081, 1000 pages, $49.95 USD, £38.50 GBP

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