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Practical Ruby for System Administration (Expert's Voice in Open Source)

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Ruby has set the world on fire, proving itself a serious challenger to Perl and Python in all spheres. In particular, more and more people are discovering that Ruby's flexibility, superb feature set, and gentle learning curve make it a natural choice for system administration tasks, from the humblest server to the largest enterprise deployment.

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Kindle Edition, 239 pages
Published June 27th 2007 by Apress (first published January 1st 2007)
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James Stewart
Dec 12, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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If you've encountered Ruby primarily through Rails and know it chiefly as an elegant tool for writing web applications it's easy to miss its longer history as a tool for systems administration. Before Rails made Ruby the language-du-jour sysadmins bore much of the responsibility for keeping it alive, with the result that it has a suite of libraries helpful for server monitoring and a range of other administrative tasks.

Author André Ben Hamou is clear that his book is not an exhaustive guide to u
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Philip Hollenback
I'm going to argue about the 'practicality' of this book. This was really more of a 'learning ruby' book than a 'getting sysadmin tasks done' book. Then again, maybe I'm just an old perl curmudgeon who remains doubtful that OO programming is a good fit for sysadmin tasks.
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