Top positive review
A great book for newbies to Ruby. It explains the _why_ and not just the _what_.
Reviewed in the United States on May 18, 2016
This book is fantastic! It is the perfect book for someone who wants to learn Ruby, and has never programmed before. I would say that minor Terminal command line usage can be helpful, but not strictly necessary. This book starts at the very beginning, and teaches the _why_ to code a certain way, and not just the _what_. The author will present one way to do something, and then will follow with why to do it another better way, so that you get the big picture of _why_ it's the better way. I also think that this book does a great job at explaining references to Objects and the Heap to newbies. Such a normally confusing subject is just presented so well (a difficulty that I would assume is kind of metaphorically analogous to pointers in C for newbies). I also love the last couple of chapters where you make a _real_ Sinatra web app. This rocks, it takes a complete newbie to an entry level coder doing a simple Sinatra app. The book also has a homepage (in-progress, but the book is only recently published). I am also critical of a couple of other books in this series, but this one is good. I do wish he could write a sequel to this book, but alas you can only publish so much in a series. I do wish it covered concurrency, which was missing, but it really does a good job with everything it does cover. So it's a great introduction to Ruby to prepare readers for books like The Well Grounded Rubyist,[...] and Eloquent Ruby kinds of books. The style is fun and cool. As of the date of this posting Wed 2016.05.18, this book is up-to-date, and all exercises work on a recent modern Ruby. Thanks!