Ruby Phrasebook

Author: Jason D. Clinton
Publisher: Addison Wesley, 2008
Pages: 224
ISBN: 978-0672328978
Aimed at: Ruby programmers
Rating: 4
Pros: Several interesting and readable essays
Cons: Not a handy reference
Reviewed by: Mike James

Be warned this is a very small book - a true pocket book that really would fit in you top pocket. It's not exactly a reference work either so you are unlikely to want to carry it around just to lookup that particularly difficult piece of syntax. It can be best described as a collection of essays on topics that the author finds interesting. It starts off considering tasks that relate to basic Ruby - strings, objects, types, arrays and collections - and then moves on to examples in what you could call Ruby application areas - XML. Qt, web pages, database and so on. Any one of the short chapters is worth a read if you happen to need to find out about the topic and they would have made very nice, but not very advanced, magazine articles. So if you are looking for a collection of articles on using Ruby in a very small book format - this is it.

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C Programming in Easy Steps

Author: Mike McGrath
Publisher: In Easy Steps
Pages: 192
ISBN: 978-1840785449
Aimed at: Beginners wanting to learn C
Rating: 4.5
Pros: Well presented treatment of C and principles of modular structured programming
Cons: Nature of C means it's not an exciting book
Reviewed by: Mike James

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Android for Programmers

Author: Paul J. Deitel, Harvey M. Deitel, Abbey Deitel and Michael Morgano
Publisher: Prentice Hall, 2010
Pages: 512
ISBN: 978-0132121361
Aimed at: Java programmers
Rating: 2
Pros: Plenty of annotated listings
Cons: Little more than annotated listings
Reviewed by: Harry Fairhead

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