The Ruby Programming Language (Paperback)

David Flanagan, Yukihiro Matsumoto



The Ruby Programming Language is the authoritative guide to Ruby and provides comprehensive coverage of versions 1.8 and 1.9 of the language. It was written (and illustrated!) by an all-star team:

  • David Flanagan, bestselling author of programming language "bibles" (including JavaScript: The Definitive Guide and Java in a Nutshell) and committer to the Ruby Subversion repository.

  • Yukihiro "Matz" Matsumoto, creator, designer and lead developer of Ruby and author of Ruby in a Nutshell, which has been expanded and revised to become this book.

  • why the lucky stiff, artist and Ruby programmer extraordinaire.
This book begins with a quick-start tutorial to the language, and then explains the language in detail from the bottom up: from lexical and syntactic structure to datatypes to expressions and statements and on through methods, blocks, lambdas, closures, classes and modules.

The book also includes a long and thorough introduction to the rich API of the Ruby platform, demonstrating -- with heavily-commented example code -- Ruby's facilities for text processing, numeric manipulation, collections, input/output, networking, and concurrency. An entire chapter is devoted to Ruby's metaprogramming capabilities.

The Ruby Programming Language documents the Ruby language definitively but without the formality of a language specification. It is written for experienced programmers who are new to Ruby, and for current Ruby programmers who want to challenge their understanding and increase their mastery of the language.



- David Flanagan,暢銷書作家,撰寫了多本程式語言的「聖經」(包括《JavaScript: The Definitive Guide》和《Java in a Nutshell》),並且是Ruby Subversion存儲庫的貢獻者。
- 松本行弘(Matz),Ruby的創造者、設計師和首席開發人員,也是《Ruby in a Nutshell》的作者,該書已經擴充和修訂成為這本書。
- why the lucky stiff,藝術家和Ruby程式設計師。