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O’Reilly’s “The Ruby Programming Language” Ebook for $9.99 – Limited Offer

By Peter Cooper / August 26, 2009

rubyprogramminglanguage.gifI've just had word from David Flanagan - co-author of The Ruby Programming Language, published by O'Reilly - that O'Reilly are running a temporary sale on the e-book edition. The PDF e-book is now just.. $9.99 for a limited time only. That's a pretty good deal considering O'Reilly are selling the print book for $40 (though it's only $26.39 on Amazon).

Actually.. make that $5.99? Reader Mike Hodgson claims: If you use the LREL40 coupon code you can get an additional $4.00 off, bringing it down to $5.99 - Not tried it myself, but it's worth a go.

The Ruby Programming Language is the canonical Ruby book covering both Ruby 1.8 and 1.9. It's by David Flanagan and Yukihiro Matsumoto (Matz!) so you know it's authoritative. When we reviewed it in 2008, we billed it "the new most important Ruby book."

David also mentions that there's a new iPhone edition available too for a mere $5. A great opportunity to get a great book on the cheap, whatever your budget.

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  1. Martijn says:

    Cool, picked it up just now!

  2. Ric Roberts says:

    David Flanagan's Definitive Javascript Guide is excellent, so I expect great things from this book. :)

  3. Steve Pinkham says:

    Note the $9 O'Reilly version is more then PDF, it's PDF, .mobi(Amazon Kindle, IRex iLiad), and .epub(iPhone, iPod Touch, Sony,and pretty much every other ereader).

  4. Mike Hodgson says:

    If you use the LREL40 coupon code you can get an additional $4.00 off, bringing it down to $5.99 (thanks RetailMeNot!)

  5. johan says:

    Great, $5.99 later and the PDF is downloading as we speak :-)

  6. Stephan says:

    I already have the paper version - even signed from Matz - but <$10 ... that's a great offer I couldn't resist.

  7. Charlie says:

    Thanks a ton for bringing this to my attention!!

  8. sabat says:

    Confirmed, it's $5.99 with the coupon code LREL40.

  9. sabat says:

    What's poignant and sad is that the intro thanks _why for the drawings he did for the book, and then links to _why's own Poignant Guide -- a link that will no longer work. And this book just came out.

  10. Peter says:

    Awesome, got the book for $5.99 with the coupon code!

  11. Aaron says:

    Much thanks for the heads up!

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