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Author Topic: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby  (Read 4678 times)

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Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« on: January 23, 2006, 01:35:40 AM »
a programmer who just sent me ruby code for mircryption told me about this link to a creative common's licensed book on the Ruby programming language: http://poignantguide.net/ruby/

it's a truly inspired, wacky, eccentric, lovingly written book with off-topic sidebars and wonderful cartoons.

if only all programming books were so wonderful.

[ps. i'm not a big fan of ruby but i still loved browsing through the online book]  :Thmbsup:

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2006, 03:27:47 AM »
Follow the lilnk to the author's blog... http://whytheluckystiff.net/

He's off his trolley!

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2006, 02:01:13 PM »
I have looked at Why's ruby book a couple of different times.  This is the first time I've actually looked at his blog.  This guy is whack-o beyond compare. 

Either the things he writes make some weird sense to him (most frightening) or he makes stuff up just to see how many people will actually read it.  In either case, his brain is crosswired somewhere.

I don't think he's dangerous or scary, he's more like Willie Wonka nuts.

He'll probably invent cold fusion and save the world....

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2006, 02:45:01 PM »
Reminds me a bit of Douglas Adams (in a strange sort of lateral way). It's the sort of writing that you come to with one expectation and leave in total bewilderment - but strangely satisfied. Dirk Gently lives - and he's into Ruby (whoever she might be). Now all you have to do is work out how to remove a sofa from the stack ....

At the end of the day he hasn't got a cat in hells chance of teaching anyone a programming language - but you'll kill a few happy hours, days, weeks, months wondering what you started reading for ...

Personally I think you should invite the guy over here to teach a Ruby class ...
« Last Edit: June 25, 2006, 02:46:39 PM by Carol Haynes »

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2006, 09:20:57 PM »

Personally I think you should invite the guy over here to teach a Ruby class ...

This Ruby book was the first book that I ever made a personal comment on in my programming ebook list.

I love this guy's sense of humor. My kind of people  :D

If you do invite him to teach a Ruby class, I'll be there...for sure.

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #5 on: November 17, 2011, 06:49:56 PM »
Making a second attempt through this.  Hacked together a version with a table of contents:

« Last Edit: January 02, 2012, 01:12:51 AM by ewemoa »

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #6 on: November 18, 2011, 03:16:06 AM »
Sadly neither of the links in the first two posts of this thread work any longer

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #7 on: November 18, 2011, 04:15:35 AM »
May be the following will be of some help:

  http://viewsourcecode.org/why/

There is some possibly related info that might help to explain why the links don't work in one of the initial paragraphs at:

  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Why_the_lucky_stiff

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Re: Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby
« Reply #8 on: November 18, 2011, 04:21:44 AM »
You can get it from here:

http://en.wikipedia....gnant)_Guide_to_Ruby

Links are at the bottom of the page.
« Last Edit: December 07, 2011, 10:05:01 PM by panzer »