Top 8 Learning resources for ruby beginner

28 Mar 2014

Posted by Milos Dolobac

In this tutorial i’m gonna to show you some resources to learn ruby. Some are paid, some are free, it depends on you what you choose.

So where to start? It depends on who you are.

You have no programming background and you like reading books

Learn to Program by Chris Pine


This book assumes you have no programming background. You will walk through practical examples about how to write code in Ruby. You will start with basic data types like variables, numbers, strings. Then you will move on classes, reading, writting to the file, lambdas, procs. What I like about this book is it’s readability and interesting exercises.

Begining Ruby from Novice To Professional


It’s a standard book about how to learn ruby. It begins with baby steps in ruby language, then you broad to advanced topics like how to distribute ruby gems, how to use threads and sockets, how to use ruby in web development with Rails, Sinatra, Ramaze and how to use ruby in gui apps. Only disadvantage of this book is that it’s really old. It was published in 2009, so it’s very long time.

You like challenges

So you want to know ruby language and don’t have time to read book. Try this online guide:

Learn Ruby Hardway online book by Zed Shaw.

What I like about this book is that it moves you straight to action. You walk up through series of exercises. Every exercise contains what you should see section. If your screen doesn’t matches with book you should find error in your code and try again.

You want some online interactive tutorials

Try these tutorials:

You have some programming background from other language

If you came from object oriented language like Java, Programming Ruby by Pragmatic Bookshelf is definitely good place to start and you can use it for reference along with ruby docs.

Programming Ruby


What’s next

You definitely use Ruby in your apps. If you are into gui development you can start with Shoes, or you can try web development with Rails or Sinatra**

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