Ruby Best Practices: Increase Your Productivity - Write Better Code

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Jun 11, 2009 - Computers - 336 pages
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How do you write truly elegant code with Ruby? Ruby Best Practices is for programmers who want to use Ruby as experienced Rubyists do. Written by the developer of the Ruby project Prawn, this concise book explains how to design beautiful APIs and domain-specific languages with Ruby, as well as how to work with functional programming ideas and techniques that can simplify your code and make you more productive. You'll learn how to write code that's readable, expressive, and much more.

Ruby Best Practices will help you:

  • Understand the secret powers unlocked by Ruby's code blocks
  • Learn how to bend Ruby code without breaking it, such as mixing in modules on the fly
  • Discover the ins and outs of testing and debugging, and how to design for testability
  • Learn to write faster code by keeping things simple
  • Develop strategies for text processing and file management, including regular expressions
  • Understand how and why things can go wrong
  • Reduce cultural barriers by leveraging Ruby's multilingual capabilities

This book also offers you comprehensive chapters on driving code through tests, designing APIs, and project maintenance. Learn how to make the most of this rich, beautiful language with Ruby Best Practices.


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This book has been awesome. This book demystified a lot of conventions that ruby uses for blocks, parameter passing and other stuff. I'm only on chapter two, but if the rest of the book goes like what I've already read, then this will be one of the best ruby books I've read.


Chapter 1 Driving Code Through Tests
Chapter 2 Designing Beautiful APIs
Chapter 3 Mastering the Dynamic Toolkit
Chapter 4 Text Processing and File Management
Chapter 5 Functional Programming Techniques
Chapter 6 When Things Go Wrong
Chapter 7 Reducing Cultural Barriers
Chapter 8 Skillful Project Maintenance
Appendix A Writing BackwardCompatible Code
Appendix B Leveraging Rubys Standard Library
Appendix C Ruby Worst Practices

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