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Read Ruby: A Free, 19 Chapter Ruby 1.9 Reference Guide

By Peter Cooper / September 20, 2010

Read Ruby is an online "book" about Ruby 1.9 in a mostly referential style. It's licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license so is reasonably "free" if you want to make and share changes, as long as you're not doing so for profit.

The author stresses that the book is in "a very rough state" but it looks pretty good to me so far. There are 19 chapters covering broad topics like strings, character encoding, IO, files, and objects in general. Notably, the book is heavily focused on syntax rather than instruction.

The book's source files are hosted on GitHub if you want to get involved. The build process involves Mustache, Nokogiri, Pygments, OptiPNG and YUI Compressor, so it's not for the light of heart.


  1. Julie Cameron says:

    Very cool! You can never have too many of these resources on hand - thanks for sharing!

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