Higher Education

Ruby Programming for the Absolute Beginner, 1st Edition

  • Jerry Lee Ford Jr.
  • ISBN-10: 159863397X  |  ISBN-13: 9781598633979
  • 384 Pages
  • © 2008 | Published
  • College Bookstore Wholesale Price = $22.50



Want to learn the fundamentals of Ruby programming but aren’t sure where to start? Look no further! Ruby is a free, easy-to-learn, yet powerful scripting programming language that can run on any operating system. These attributes have made Ruby an extremely popular language in recent years for almost any programming task. Ruby Programming for the Absolute Beginner teaches you the basics of computer programming with Ruby through the creation of simple computer games. Not only will this “learn by doing” approach provide you with an instant sense of accomplishment, but it’s also a fun way to learn. In addition to learning Ruby, you’ll also learn the basics of computer programming, so you’ll have a solid foundation from which you can confidently jump to other programming languages.

Features and Benefits

  • Teaches readers the basics of computer programming using the free Ruby Programming language.
  • Serves as a Ruby primer, covering the basics of the language
  • Teaches programming concepts through the hands-on development of computer games
  • Demonstrates the execution of Ruby scripts on different operating systems, such as Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X.
  • Companion website available here: http://www.delmarlearning.com/companions/index.asp?isbn=159863397X

Table of Contents

1: Ruby Basics
2: Interacting with Ruby
3: Working with Objects, Strings, and Variables
4: Implementing Conditional Logic
5: Working with Loops
6: Working with Collections of Data
7: Working with Regular Expressions
8: Object-Oriented Programming
9: File and Folder Administration
10: Debugging
App A: What's on the Companion Web Site?
App B: What Next?

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Jerry Lee Ford Jr.

Jerry Lee Ford, Jr. is an author, educator, and an IT professional with over 24 years' of experience in information technology, including roles as an automation analyst, technical manager, technical support analyst, automation engineer, and security analyst. He is the author of 40 books and co-author of two additional books. His published works include Getting Started with Game Maker, HTML, XHTML, and CSS for the Absolute Beginner; XNA 3.1 Game Development for Teens; Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for Teens, and Microsoft Visual Basic 2008 Express Programming for the Absolute Beginner. Ford has a master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and has over five years' experience as an adjunct instructor teaching networking courses in information technology.