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Ruby Under a Microscope: An Illustrated Guide to Ruby Internals (Paperback)
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Ruby is a powerful programming language with a focus on simplicity, but beneath its elegant syntax it performs countless unseen tasks.
Ruby Under a Microscope gives you a hands-on look at Ruby's core, using extensive diagrams and thorough explanations to show you how Ruby is implemented (no C skills required). Author Pat Shaughnessy takes a scientific approach, laying out a series of experiments with Ruby code to take you behind the scenes of how programming languages work. You'll even find information on JRuby and Rubinius (two alternative implementations of Ruby), as well as in-depth explorations of Ruby's garbage collection algorithm.
Ruby Under a Microscope will teach you:
- How a few computer science concepts underpin Ruby's complex implementation
- How Ruby executes your code using a virtual machine
- How classes and modules are the same inside Ruby
- How Ruby employs algorithms originally developed for Lisp
- How Ruby uses grammar rules to parse and understand your code
- How your Ruby code is translated into a different language by a compiler
Covers Ruby 2.x, 1.9 and 1.8
About the Author
Well known for his coding expertise and passion for the Ruby programming language, Pat Shaughnessy blogs and writes tutorials at https: //patshaughnessy.net/. He also develops Ruby applications at management consulting firm McKinsey & Co. Shaughnessy is a regular presenter on the Ruby conference circuit, and his articles and presentations have been featured in the Ruby Weekly newsletter, the Ruby5 podcast, and The Ruby Show.