On Thu, 17 Jan 2002 08:01:23 +1100, Brett McCormick wrote:


> What is the definitive ruby book?  The oreilly book or the pragmatic
> programmers book?

I would have said the O'Relly book that hasn't been released yet :-).
Matz has one coming out called IIRC "The Ruby Programming Language".

At the moment, for initial learning, I'd say go for the PP book. Ruby
in a Nutshell has only a small section on the language; most of it is
a reference manual.

I received The Ruby Way about a week ago and it's nice if you've
already learned a bit of Ruby.  It's kind of like a Ruby Cookbook.
It has a nice section at the front reviewing the language and making
a lot of nice points that clarify how the language works.

The rest of the book is comprised of problem/solution style code
snippets.