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Post Sat Dec 10, 2011 9:27 am

Ruby and Python

I am looking for good beginning books for both Python and Ruby, I have done research and found these two:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/159059519X/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0596516177/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

Has anyone read these?  If so Are they good?  If these are not good what would you suggest are the best books to learn from?
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Post Sat Dec 10, 2011 12:46 pm

Re: Ruby and Python

I heard a lot of good things about these:

http://learnpythonthehardway.org/
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http://ruby.learncodethehardway.org/

I bought both of them ($2.99 for the PDFs), but have not gone through them, yet.
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Post Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:39 pm

Re: Ruby and Python

The python book was missing alot of stuff that I was looking for.
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Re: Ruby and Python

Personally, I'm not a big fan of O'Reilly programming books.  They're all about syntax, with no useful examples.  I haven't read the Ruby book, but I went through the Python book, and although I "understood" everything, I found it somewhat hard to start my first program.  A syntax book would be useful if I was porting something from one language to another, but if I'm trying to learn and understand a new language, I like more examples.

But honestly, everyone's different.  In my experience, as far as programming books go, the style/approach of the book is just as important as the material.  If you can learn Python and Ruby just by looking at syntax, then maybe those books will work for you.

You might want to check your library and see what kind of books they have.  Even if you can't find anything superb, it might help you realize what style of book would work best for you before you shell out 25-35 bucks for something that got good reviews on Amazon.
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Post Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:39 pm

Re: Ruby and Python

Interesting, what books would you suggest then?
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Post Sat Dec 10, 2011 6:44 pm

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I don't know, I haven't found any books on scripting languages I like yet!
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Post Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:17 pm

Re: Ruby and Python

This is the book I swear by for Ruby. It is the primary language I use as it is very easy to learn and lauds itself as "natural".

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Ruby-1-9-Pragmatic-Programmers/dp/1934356085/ref=pd_sim_b_6
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Post Sat Dec 10, 2011 8:29 pm

Re: Ruby and Python

personally, I haven't found any really awesome book regarding 'Python'

This is a nice place to start with,
https://code.google.com/edu/languages/g ... hon-class/

Currently I am reading this book,
http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Pytho ... 0596158106
it's pretty good but didn't cover any basics.

After that I want to finish:
http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Pytho ... 1590593715
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Re: Ruby and Python

l33t5h@rk wrote:This is the book I swear by for Ruby. It is the primary language I use as it is very easy to learn and lauds itself as "natural".

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Ruby-1-9-Pragmatic-Programmers/dp/1934356085/ref=pd_sim_b_6


and it flows nice?
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Post Sun Dec 11, 2011 2:07 pm

Re: Ruby and Python

hurtl0cker wrote:personally, I haven't found any really awesome book regarding 'Python'

This is a nice place to start with,
https://code.google.com/edu/languages/g ... hon-class/

Currently I am reading this book,
http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Pytho ... 0596158106
it's pretty good but didn't cover any basics.

After that I want to finish:
http://www.amazon.com/Foundations-Pytho ... 1590593715


Thanks have looked into the first one before.  I will check out the rest thanks again.
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Re: Ruby and Python

El33tsamurai wrote:
l33t5h@rk wrote:This is the book I swear by for Ruby. It is the primary language I use as it is very easy to learn and lauds itself as "natural".

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Ruby-1-9-Pragmatic-Programmers/dp/1934356085/ref=pd_sim_b_6


and it flows nice?


I think so. It assumes some basic programming (loops, conditionals, etc) but gives you the basic bare bone examples of them all as it goes into the language. If you did this along w/ the Coding for Penetration Testers hand in hand, I think it would be a good confluence.
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Re: Ruby and Python

Thanks
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Post Wed Dec 14, 2011 6:08 am

Re: Ruby and Python

I have ordered this one to start with as i thought even if you do have a good understanding of programming there is no harm in going back to basics.

I liked the fact that it also teaches you by programming games.

http://www.amazon.com/Python-Programming-Absolute-Beginner-Dawson/dp/1435455002/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1323860755&sr=8-1
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Re: Ruby and Python

l33t5h@rk wrote:This is the book I swear by for Ruby. It is the primary language I use as it is very easy to learn and lauds itself as "natural".

http://www.amazon.com/Programming-Ruby-1-9-Pragmatic-Programmers/dp/1934356085/ref=pd_sim_b_6


I just ordered this book l33t5h@rk, hope it's good!
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Post Thu Mar 01, 2012 9:41 am

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l33t5h@rk I just wanted to say thanks for the book recommendation.  I'm about 100 pages into it, and it's pretty good.  I can still write a C++ or Java program faster than I can script, but I'm learning.
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