Design Patterns in Ruby (Google eBook)

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Pearson Education, Dec 10, 2007 - Computers - 384 pages
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" Design Patterns in Ruby documents smart ways to resolve many problems that Ruby developers commonly encounter. Russ Olsen has done a great job of selecting classic patterns and augmenting these with newer patterns that have special relevance for Ruby. He clearly explains each idea, making a wealth of experience available to Ruby developers for their own daily work."

—Steve Metsker, Managing Consultant with Dominion Digital, Inc.

"This book provides a great demonstration of the key 'Gang of Four' design patterns without resorting to overly technical explanations. Written in a precise, yet almost informal style, this book covers enough ground that even those without prior exposure to design patterns will soon feel confident applying them using Ruby. Olsen has done a great job to make a book about a classically 'dry' subject into such an engaging and even occasionally humorous read."

—Peter Cooper

"This book renewed my interest in understanding patterns after a decade of good intentions. Russ picked the most useful patterns for Ruby and introduced them in a straightforward and logical manner, going beyond the GoF's patterns. This book has improved my use of Ruby, and encouraged me to blow off the dust covering the GoF book."

—Mike Stok

" Design Patterns in Ruby is a great way for programmers from statically typed objectoriented languages to learn how design patterns appear in a more dynamic, flexible language like Ruby."

—Rob Sanheim, Ruby Ninja, Relevance

Most design pattern books are based on C++ and Java. But Ruby is different—and the language's unique qualities make design patterns easier to implement and use. In this book, Russ Olsen demonstrates how to combine Ruby's power and elegance with patterns, and write more sophisticated, effective software with far fewer lines of code.

After reviewing the history, concepts, and goals of design patterns, Olsen offers a quick tour of the Ruby language—enough to allow any experienced software developer to immediately utilize patterns with Ruby. The book especially calls attention to Ruby features that simplify the use of patterns, including dynamic typing, code closures, and "mixins" for easier code reuse.

Fourteen of the classic "Gang of Four" patterns are considered from the Ruby point of view, explaining what problems each pattern solves, discussing whether traditional implementations make sense in the Ruby environment, and introducing Ruby-specific improvements. You'll discover opportunities to implement patterns in just one or two lines of code, instead of the endlessly repeated boilerplate that conventional languages often require.

Design Patterns in Ruby also identifies innovative new patterns that have emerged from the Ruby community. These include ways to create custom objects with metaprogramming, as well as the ambitious Rails-based "Convention Over Configuration" pattern, designed to help integrate entire applications and frameworks.

Engaging, practical, and accessible, Design Patterns in Ruby will help you build better software while making your Ruby programming experience more rewarding.


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Review: Design Patterns in Ruby (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series)

User Review  - David Medinets - Goodreads

Russ Olsen has produced a handsome book full of basic design patterns. The second chapter provides a quick introduction to the Ruby language and then Russ hand-picks patterns that are relevant to Ruby programming. Read full review

Review: Design Patterns in Ruby (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series)

User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

Olsen makes learning about Design Patterns actually interesting. His writing style keeps you engaged and wanting to learn more. Read full review


About the Author
Patterns and Ruby
Chapter 1 Building Better Programs with Patterns
Chapter 2 Getting Started with Ruby
Patterns in Ruby
Chapter 11 Improving Your Objects with a Decorator
Chapter 12 Making Sure There Is Only One with the Singleton
Chapter 13 Picking the Right Class with a Factory
Chapter 14 Easier Object Construction with the Builder
Chapter 15 Assembling Your System with the Interpreter
Patterns for Ruby
Chapter 16 Opening Up Your System with DomainSpecific Languages
Chapter 17 Creating Custom Objects with Metaprogramming

Chapter 3 Varying the Algorithm with the Template Method
Chapter 4 Replacing the Algorithm with the Strategy
Chapter 5 Keeping Up with the Times with the Observer
Chapter 6 Assembling the Whole from the Parts with the Composite
Chapter 7 Reaching into a Collection with the Iterator
Chapter 8 Getting Things Done with Commands
Chapter 9 Filling in the Gaps with the Adapter
Chapter 10 Getting in Front of Your Object with a Proxy
Chapter 18 Convention Over Configuration
Chapter 19 Conclusion
Appendix A Getting Hold of Ruby
Appendix B Digging Deeper

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About the author (2007)

Russ Olsen has been building software for more than twenty-five years. He has led projects through several generations of programming technologies, from FORTRAN to C to C++ to Java, and now Ruby. He has been using and teaching Ruby since 2002. Olsen writes the popular technology blog Technology As If People Mattered (

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