John Kearney wrote:
> I am a newcomer to programming and wish to explore ruby. Can anyone 
> recomend
> a book for this purpose.

I think you have to buy "the pickaxe" for the language reference, which 
is about 1/3 of the book.  For a good tutorial, I would recommend 
"Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional(2nd ed)".

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