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Why's (Poignant) Guide to Ruby by Why The Lucky Stiff
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Sep 01, 11

bookshelves: programming, ruby
Recommended to Thomas by: Ryan Grove
Read in December, 2010, read count: 1

I decided to read this book based on Ryan Grove's (of wonko.com) and Joel Spolsky's (Joel on software) praise.

Lots of unique humor (that is usually completely off topic) and engaging cartoon characters made this one of the best programming books I've read thus far. Actually, I'd say it's one of the best books I've read thus far.

The ending was pretty depressing in my opinion. So as _why makes very clear from the beginning, he wants you to weep, but you may not only weep due to the beautifully crafted code. There's a pretty sad story buried in here.

It did however contain a few errors, but I think that could be a good thing (reminds me of an old math I had teacher who preferred us to have books with errors in them because it forced us to learn).
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