Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional

  • Paperback: 664 pages
  • Publisher: Apress (March 26, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590597664

Ruby is perhaps best known as the engine powering the hugely popular Ruby on Rails web framework. However, it is an extremely powerful and versatile programming language in its own right. It focuses on simplicity and offers a fully object-oriented environment.

Beginning Ruby is a thoroughly contemporary guide for every type of reader wanting to learn Ruby, from novice programmers to web developers to Ruby newcomers. It starts by explaining the principles behind object-oriented programming and within a few chapters builds toward creating a genuine Ruby application.

The book then explains key Ruby principles, such as classes and objects; projects, modules, and libraries; and other aspects of Ruby such as database access. In addition, Ruby on Rails is covered in depth, and the books appendixes provide essential reference information as well as a primer for experienced programmers.

About the Author
Peter Cooper is a highly experienced Ruby developer and trainer. He manages BigBold (, a Ruby training and development company, and has produced many commercial web sites using Ruby on Rails, the Ruby-based web framework. In addition, he created Code Snippets, one of the world’s largest public code repositories, and Congress, an online chat client utilizing Ajax and Ruby on Rails. He also created Feed Digest, a feed distribution service that was recently profiled by Business 2.0 magazine.
In addition to development work, Peter has written professionally about various development techniques and tools, producing over 100 articles. He was coeditor of, and worked on and
He lives in Lincolnshire, England, with his girlfriend. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, camping, and exploring mountains.