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Ruby is a reflective, dynamic, object-oriented and general purpose programming language. Learning Ruby coding with the help of Livecoding’s community enables you to stay at the top of your skill. Ruby tutorials and project videos are divided into three main difficulty levels (beginner, intermediate and expert). All this combined with daily livestreams provided from experienced programmers will take your Ruby coding skills to the next level.


Introduction To Ruby Programming Language

Ruby programming language is now 21 years old and still growing strong. The unparalleled growth is because of the community support and its open source nature. Ruby is an object-oriented, dynamic, general-purpose, reflective language, developed and designed by Yukihiro Matsumoto "Matz," a computer scientist by profession in 1995.

The programming language influences from the likes of many successful programming languages including Lisp, Eiffel, Ada, Perl, and Smalltalk. Key features of Ruby programming language are automatic memory management, dynamic type system, garbage collection, object-oriented support, interactive ruby shell, etc.

Ruby Tools

Ruby tools can help you gain an upper hand in development. They make your workflow excellent and let you focus on the big task at hand. Check out the tools mentioned below that you can use with Ruby programming language.

  • RVM - RVM stands for Ruby Version Manager. It lets you handle different Ruby versions on your system without reinstalling or making huge changes. With the tool, you can easily make the transition from one ruby version to the another. Working with apps using RVM is easy. You can also modify the app according to the version you want to work on.
  • TextMate - TextMate is an excellent text editor. It works amazingly with Ruby programming language and helps you to focus on the different features of the programming language. You do not have to do tinkering while using TextMate as it comes out of the box support for Ruby language.
  • Databases: Databases constitutes an integral part of any application. You can use SQLite, MySQL, and PostgreSQL to create your ruby applications.
  • With the advent of cloud, the problem of scalability has been solved. If you are wondering which cloud tools are the best for Ruby, you can check out Rackspace, Amazon EC2, Heroku, and others.
  • Scout: is an excellent testing tool that helps you find bugs in your application.
  • Working on a project is always a hard job. That’s why project management tools are there. You can use Basecamp, an excellent tool for Project Management purposes. You can also use Pivotal Tracker for proper features tracking and deployment.
  • How can we forget Unit testing? It is the essence of every app development out there. RSpec is the de facto for Ruby unit testing. Cucumber, on the other hand, helps you to improve the workflow and speed up things. Want to improve your setup more? You can use Selenium a great tool to add a high level feature to your application.
  • Git A must-use tool for any programming language and not just Ruby. With Git, you can manage your work with Git.

The above tools can help anyone master Ruby programming language. If you are looking for Ruby on Rails tools, check out the Ruby on Rails category page.

Ruby Best Books

Scanning for the right programming book can be a test. Reading different books can help you gain a lot of information. This tends to cover the different levels of programming information and learning styles, which ideally will give you a better thought of which of the books you will discover to be most valuable. If you don’t like to read books, you can find tons of ruby tutorial online. Both books and tutorials will help you do ruby coding easily!

We have listed books into three categories. The first level is for the beginners. The second level is for those who have had some experience with Ruby thus the category named Intermediate. The third category of books are for advanced users.

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    RUBY: The Ultimate Beginner's Guide!

    by Andrew Johansen

    This book will show all of you the fundamentals of Ruby that a person on novice stage should know. In your voyage to the abundant mines of Ruby as a programming dialect, you will find numerous jewels that will give you deep knowledge that is not discovered anywhere else on the web.

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    Ruby on Rails Tutorial: Learn Web Development with Rails

    by Michael Hartl

    “Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial by Michael Hartl has become a must-read for developers learning how to build Rails apps.”
    Peter Cooper, Editor of Ruby Inside

    Utilized by websites as varied as GitHub, Twitter, Disney, and the Yellow Pages, Ruby on Rails is a standout amongst the most mainstream frameworks for creating web applications, however it can be a test to learn and utilize this language. Whether you're new to web applications or new just to Rails, Ruby on Rails™ Tutorial, Third Edition is what you’re looking for.

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    Learn Ruby on Rails: Book One

    by Daniel Kehoe

    No other instructional book makes a superior case in regards to clarifying the ideas. Become an expert using the fundamentals and practices you'll need in the professional work environment. Learn in a weekend, building a genuine web application, utilizing the most up to date Rails rendition.

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    Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby: An Agile Primer

    by Sandi Metz

    The Complete Guide to Writing More Maintainable, Manageable, Pleasing, and Powerful Ruby Applications Ruby’s widely admired ease of use has a downside: Too many Ruby and Rails applications have been created without concern for their long-term maintenance or evolution. The Web is awash in Ruby code that is now virtually impossible to change or extend. This text helps you solve that problem by using powerful real-world object-oriented design techniques, which it thoroughly explains using simple and practical Ruby project examples.

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    The Rails 4 Way

    by Obie Fernandez, Kevin Faustino

    "When I read The Rails Way for the first time, I felt like I truly understood Rails for the first time.”
    - From the Foreword by Steve Klabnik

    Ruby on Rails 4 is leaner, tighter, and even more valuable to professional web developers. More than ever, it helps you focus on what matters most: delivering business value via clean and maintainable code.

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    Eloquent Ruby

    by Russ Olsen

    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. In Eloquent Ruby, Russ Olsen helps you write Ruby like true Rubyists do–so you can leverage its immense, surprising power.

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    Metaprogramming Ruby 2: Program Like the Ruby Pros

    by Paolo Perrotta

    Write powerful Ruby code that is easy to maintain and change. With metaprogramming, you can produce elegant, clean, and beautiful programs. Once the domain of expert Rubyists, metaprogramming is now accessible to programmers of all levels. This thoroughly revised and updated second edition of the bestselling Metaprogramming Ruby explains metaprogramming in a down-to-earth style and arms you with a practical toolbox that will help you write your best Ruby code ever.

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    Advanced Rails

    by Brad Ediger

    Ready to go to the next level with Rails? From examining the parts of Ruby that make this framework possible to deploying large Rails applications,Advanced Rails offers you an in-depth look at techniques for dealing with databases, security, performance, web services and much more.

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    The Ruby Way: Solutions and Techniques in Ruby Programming

    by Hal Fulton, Andre Arko

    Ruby is an agile object-oriented language, borrowing some of the best features from LISP, Smalltalk, Perl, CLU, and other languages. Its popularity has grown tremendously in the five years since the first edition of this book.

Ruby Projects

Hackety Hack has taken an undertaking to instruct and teach programming. Hackney Hack does this by means of a customer side GUI application, written in a framework called Shoes. Shoes is another Ruby program which gives an easy and simple way to utilize API for making GUI applications.

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Sass is a powerful CSS extension that lets you work with intensive web projects. It was created by Hampton Catlin using Ruby programming language. Sass stands for “Syntactically Awesome Style Sheets”. Later the Sass is imported to C/C++ for performance purposes.

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Ruby on Rails is a powerful and popular web framework that aims to deliver the best web development environment to developers. The framework has captured significant market and is growing rapidly. The framework is mainly used in the big enterprise as well as startups.

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Sinatra is yet another Ruby framework which is used for developing web apps. The unique selling point of Sinatra is the ability to develop simple apps using minimal code.

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Homebrew is a popular OSX package manager and is used by developers to manage packages. It is so popular that it is used almost in every project done on OS X. It works great with GitHub, MacPorts, etc.

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Discourse is aimed to provide a civilized discussion platform for the internet audience. It is building using the popular Rails framework, Redis, Postgres and Ember.js. With the open source tag, it is easy to acquire for businesses and work with. Other key features that Discourse offers is discussion forums, mailing list, and a chat room.

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Play is a music app in iTunes that lets you and your team contribute for playing songs. Other than music, it also helps you prepare taxes and be cool at the same time.

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Ruby Community

Community helps a programming language grow. Ruby community is also strong and powerful. It provides Ruby the value it has today. The community is filled with people with different skill set and are highly collaborative. Let’s look into some of the most popular Ruby communities around the world.

  • Ruby User Groups

    Your neighborhood Ruby programmer's gathering is an incredible spot to connect with other Ruby software engineers. Ruby group gatherings are mostly self-organized and normally include month to month featured gatherings, a mailing rundown, a web presence, and on the off chance of having code fests.

  • Ruby Mailing Lists and Newsgroups

    You can join the official Ruby mailing lists and newsgroup to get the latest news about Ruby programming language. You can join Ruby on IRC(#ruby) to get in touch with fellow Rubyists and share your interest with them.

  • Ruby Core

    Join Ruby core if you want to learn about every single thing about the programming language. The core page offers a good starting point for the beginners.

  • Weblogs About Ruby

    Weblogs let you understand Ruby deeply. Weblogs are carried out by experts, and they share information that is not generally shared in blogs or another medium.

  • Ruby Conferences

    Ruby Conferences are the best way to get to know about innovative work. Ruby conferences are both designed for beginners and experts.

Ruby Gurus

Famous Ruby Personalities: Who do you recommend?(Reference)

Ruby was specifically designed to make programmers, happy people.

Here are some of the most important people who have contributed to the growth and development of Ruby. These people are the main reason for Ruby to be as fun and enthusiastic as we find it today.

  • Yukihiro Matsumoto

    Yukihiro Matsumoto or "Matz"

    Matz is the creator of the Ruby programming language, and there is no doubt that he is the number one choice in the famous personality list on Ruby. Without him, we wouldn’t have the amazing Ruby programming language.

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  • Dave Thomas

    Dave Thomas is a well known entity in the Ruby programming community. He is known for his Ruby programming book, “The Pickaxe”. The book can easily be said as the transmitter of knowledge outside Japan.

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    Dave Thomas
  • David Heinemeier Hansson

    David Heinemeier Hansson

    Our 3rd most entity in the famous rock stars is David Heinemeier Hansson. He gave Ruby another life with the creation of Ruby on Rails framework. Ruby on Rails is a popular web framework. He also created Instiki wiki.

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  • Bruce Tate

    Bruce Tate has a different role when it comes to Ruby. He is a master of Java programming language and Ruby. With books like Beyond Java, he enabled many programmers to know the capabilities of the Ruby and also helped them to adopt Ruby.

    Bruce Tate
  • Jonathan Gillette

    Jonathan Gillette

    Jonathan Gillette is a multitalented persona with works in different work sphere such as cartoon creation, music, computer programming, writer. His key work surrounding Ruby is Why’s (poignant) Guide to Ruby. The book helps learners to learn with stories. His other key contributors include Hackety Hack and Shoes3

Ruby Conferences

Ruby software engineers far and wide are getting included in more gatherings, where they get together to share and provide details regarding work-in-advancement. They also talk about the eventual fate of Ruby, and welcome newcomers to the Ruby people group.

Major Ruby Conferences

  • RubyConf

    RubyConf is held every year by Ruby Central Inc. The popularity of the conference grows every year with more and more people attending the conference. In the conference, Ruby creators and famous entities present their ideas in front of the huge audience.

  • RubyKaigi

    RubyKaigi is the first Japanese Ruby conferences for Japanese people and is addressed by talks from Rubyists such as matz every year.

  • EuRuKo (European Ruby Conference)

    EuRuko is a annual Ruby conference held in Karlsruhe, Germany.

  • Open Source Developer Conference

    Annual open source development conference takes place every year in Australia. With Ruby falls in Open source, the conference contains tons of content for Ruby enthusiast.