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Covers the language features of Ruby 1.8 and standard library modules. This Pickaxe contains four major sections: an acclaimed tutorial on using Ruby; the definitive reference to the language; complete documentation on all built-in classes, modules, and methods; and complete descriptions of all 98 standard libraries.
Dave Thomas and Andy Hunt have more than 50 years combined experience, developing software for clients around the world. For the last 10 years they've been working together as The Pragmatic Programmers, helping clients write software and improve their development processes. They are authors of the best-selling The Pragmatic Programmer, and have written several other books. They speak at conferences globally, and are editors of IEEE Software's Construction column. Chad Fowler is co-director of Ruby Central, Inc., and remains an active, driving force in the Ruby community.