—Obie Fernandez, Professional Ruby Series Editor xx . Russ’ first book is the highly regarded Design Patterns in Ruby (Addison-Wesley. The newest book in the renowned Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series, Eloquent Ruby will help you “put on your Ruby-colored glasses” and get results. (Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series). by In Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen helps you write Ruby like true Rubyists do-so you can leverage its immense.

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He covers many subjects that even an experienced developer will find useful.

An excellent book overall, Olsen’s conversational style combines with solid Ruby expertise to great effect. Return to Book Profesxional.

I recommend it heartily, and after reading it I went straight to Amazon and bought dadison author’s other book, Design Patterns in Ruby. It is neither a reference, nor a tutorial. In Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen helps you understand Ruby like true Rubyists do—so you can leverage its immense, surprising power. I love the layout of each chapter, in that I feel it generally covers well why each feature is useful and how to avoid impaling yourself on the sharp stick of Ruby with said feature.

Nice guide to how Ruby Programmers write code and xeries syntax. He guides you to the “Ah Ha! Although I use ruby for a while, I learnt lot of new things and also clarified parts of ruby I misunderstood.

It is about expressing yourself fluently in ruby, not just using ruby syntax to force the computer to do your will. Early on there were a lot of “best practices” that it didn’t seem eloqent you could even learn Ruby without absorbing at some point.

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I also feel like Ruby is way too cute and subtle for its own good, but that’s not the author’s addisoh. I think it might be an excellent companion to any book that focuses on rails, but leaves all the sweet spots of the language aside.

We customize your eBook by discreetly leoquent it with your name, making it uniquely yours. Can’t wait to put some of these new concepts and tricks into practice. Next, Olsen turns to bigger questions related to building methods and classes. Preview — Eloquent Ruby by Russ Olsen.

The writing was entertaining though a bit rough in a few places. This is my favorite Ruby book. Though, in fairness each chapter could rbuy a standalone book. Refresh and try again.

Oct 08, Bjoern Rochel rated it it was amazing Shelves: Use Symbols to Stand for Something.

Jan 11, Jesper Lugner rated it it was amazing Shelves: To ask other readers questions about Eloquent Rubyplease sign up. May 29, Phil Chen rated it really liked it. If you’re looking for a book that would introduce you to Ruby when you’re coming from other languages, this is it. This is awesome book if you already know how to program but don’t know where to start learning Ruby.

Olsen draws on years of experience internalizing the Ruby culture and It’s easy to write correct Ruby code, but to gain the fluency needed to write great Ruby code, you must go beyond syntax and absorb the “Ruby way” of thinking and problem solving. Also it reminded me about so many features in ruby that I don’t get to use every day.

The chapters on metaprogramming were particularly great. This book is a true gem! If you like books and love to build cool products, we may be looking for you. Ruy best Ruby book I’ve read so far. Every chapter is professilnal, short and full of great tips and guidelines. Can’t recommend it enough.


As someone who understands the concepts of OOP from other languages like Smalltalk and ObjC, and knows just enough Ruby to be hazardous to shipping, I found this book to be an accessible discussion of Ruby style and technique.

Eloquent Ruby by Russ Olsen

Jan 18, Oana Sipos is currently reading it Shelves: This book was perfect for me. In Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen helps you write Ruby like true Rubyists do-so you can leverage its immense, surprising power. The only chapter that felt a bit disconnected from the rest, was the chapter on the various Ruby runtimes, though it was certainly interesting.

Nothing new here; we have all heard endless lectures about picking good method names. The examples are useful and illustrate his points well without cluttering up the text. I’ll be recommending this to anyone learning Ruby.

The chapters are short, crisp, and easy to digest. Tired of head-butting your desk in frustration when programming Java? Addison-Wesley Professional Ruby Series. After working with Ruby for some time and read The Ruby programming language, I found most of the content more of the same.

It’s a well written book with some good insights but I think I should have tried to read it earlier. Sep 26, Daria rated it it was amazing. He concludes with powerful project-level features and techniques ranging eloqient gems to Domain Specific Languages. I felt like the first two sections provided an incredible foundation to the syntax of the language.