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Pragmatic Programmer Magazine: Special Ruby Issue

December 01, 2010

This month’s Pragmatic Programmer Magazine, PragPub, is a special issue devoted to Ruby! And congratulations to everyone who participated in November’s PragProWriMo, and especially to those folks listed below.

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Special Ruby Issue

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Welcome to our special Ruby issue for December, 2010, celebrating ten years of RubyConf, the tenth anniversary of the Pickaxe Book, and the latest version of the language.

We’ve put on our Ruby slippers for this issue, so get ready to experience the magic. If you’re an experienced Rubyist, you’ll find much to enchant you here. And if you’ve been waiting for an entrée to the magic land of Ruby, consider this issue your engraved invitation. Welcome. You’re not in C++ anymore.

In this Issue

Chad Fowler on Ruby interviewed by Michael Swaine
A legend in the Ruby community shares his recollections and insights and hopes, from the early days of Ruby enthusiasts to the future of Ruby on silicon and Ruby for phones.

What’s New in Ruby 1.9.2 by Dave Thomas
It’s been a long time coming, but we finally have a worthy successor to Ruby 1.8. Fast, fully featured, and fun, Ruby 1.9.2 should be your Ruby of choice.

Three Bundler Benefits by Paolo Perrotta
Why you should start using Bundler to manage your Ruby gems right now.

New Series: Everyday JRuby by Ian Dees
Wherein Ian begins a series of articles on using Ruby on the JVM to solve everyday problems.

Cohesive Software Design by Tim Ottinger, Jeff Langr
Those big software design concepts like coupling, cohesion, abstraction, and volatility have real practical value. In this article, we’ll talk about how cohesion can make your life as a programmer easier.

When Did That Happen? by Dan Wohlbruck
Dan wraps up the year with a look back at the era of the personal computer.

Guru Meditation by Andy Hunt
The Perfect Deadline: how to avoid both cognitive shutdown and endless procrastination.

Way of the Agile Warrior by Jonathan Rasmusson
Jonathan explains the benefits of startin’ Spartan.

Shady Illuminations by John Shade
John laments stochastic intransitivity and the loss of the Wordstar diamond.

Plus the usual Up Front, Choice Bits, Calendar, and more at

Congratulations to PragProWriMo

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A hearty congratulations goes out to all of the following authors who completed this November’s PragProWriMo and posted to the forum:

Arin Sime, Bob Cochran, Brian Hogan, Daniel de Kok, David Copeland, Diego Zamboni, Ed Borasky, Edward Gibbs, Fred Reillier, Janine Ohmer, Jean-Julien Aucouturier, John Athayde, John Bresnik, Josh Carter, Julian Gamble, Larry Jones, Michael Swaine, Raymond Yee, Sam Rawlins, Scott Dunn, Sean McMillan, Travis Swicegood, Ulrich Merkel.

They will each receive a free eBook of their choice from the Pragmatic Bookshelf!

And congratulations to everyone who participated in any form, we hope you had fun.

Coming Soon:

  • The RSpec Book: Behaviour-Driven Development with RSpec, Cucumber, and Friends in print Starts shipping tomorrow
  • Agile in a Flash card deck
  • HTML5 and CSS3: Develop with Tomorrow’s Standards Today in print
  • Rails Test Prescriptions: Keeping Your Application Healthy in print
  • Code in the Cloud: Programming Google AppEngine in print

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  • Pragmatic Guide to Subversion [in print]
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  • Pragmatic Guide to Git [in print]
  • Thanks for your continued support,

    Andy & Dave

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