Why's poignant guide to Ruby

I am taking a hard look at Ruby, since I think we are going to standardize around Ruby for future versions of the Baobab system. So far I am very impressed. I think it will be powerful, fun, and easy to learn. I have read two different presentations on Ruby for Perlers - and they have been fine. But then I started reading Why's (poignant) guide to Ruby. I have been involved in two different software programming books thanks to Jeff Rafter (Beginning XML and Practical XML for the Web). Jeff's chapters were great of course (what do you expect from a brilliant computer programmer training to be a professional poet?). The poignant guide is something completely different. It is absolutely crazy crazy crazy.

It is the most absurd programming book I have ever read. It is full of (what can only be drug induced) stories and comics, and I thought they would be annoying, but they keep drawing me further into the book. In fact I can't wait to finish the book (I am more than halfway through after a couple of hours
here and there).

2 Response to Why's poignant guide to Ruby

  1. Yes.
    Yes. That is in fact the most insane programming guide I've ever read. I haven't even gotten to the part where he talks about the language yet.

    This book totally made my day. That's not too hard cause I'm stuck in boring meetings. but ayway. made me smile.

    Thanks for the pointer, Mike.


  2. Robin says:

    I loved this book. Though I hadn't time to go through the whole thing about a year ago, you've reminded me to come back and finish it. I wonder if it inspred the Head First series.

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