Ruby Wizard

$20.00 incl. GST $40.00
SKU: BKCS01055

"An enjoyable book that can turn any kid (or adult!) into a programming wizard." —Kirkus Reviews "Vibrant and visually engaging, with chuckle-worthy asides...instructive and kid-friendly." —School Library Journal "This is the programming book I've been waiting for!" —Gail Carmichael, Carleton University faculty and Board The Ruby programming language is perfect for beginners: easy to learn, powerful, and fun to use! But wouldn't it be more fun if you were learning with the help of some wizards and dragons? Ruby Wizardry is a playful, illustrated tale that will teach you how to program in Ruby by taking you on a fantastical journey.

As you follow the adventures of young heroes Ruben and Scarlet, you’ll learn real programming skills, like how to:

  • Use fundamental concepts like variables, symbols, arrays, and strings
  • Work with Ruby hashes to create a programmable breakfast menu
  • Control program flow with loops and conditionals to help the Royal Plumber
  • Test your wild and crazy ideas in IRB and save your programs as scripts
  • Create a class of mini-wizards, each with their own superpower!
  • Organise and reuse your code with methods and lists
  • Write your own amazing interactive stories using
  • Ruby Along the way, you’ll meet colourful characters from around the kingdom, like the hacker Queen, the Off-White Knight, and Wherefore the minstrel

Ruby Wizardry will have you (or your little wizard) hooked on programming in no time.

For ages 10+ (and their parents!)

About the Author Eric Weinstein has helped millions of people learn to program through Codecademy, where he designed and authored the Ruby curriculum and contributed courses on Python, JavaScript, HTML/CSS, and PHP. He has also taught creative writing to undergraduates and veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at NYU, where he was a Veterans Writing Workshop Fellow. He writes Ruby for a living in New York City. Table of Contents Foreword by Steve Klabnik Acknowledgments Chapter 1: What This Book’s About Chapter 2: The King and His String Chapter 3: Pipe Dreams Chapter 4: Staying in the Loop Chapter 5: Array of Sunshine and Hash on the Range Chapter 6: The (Chunky) Bacon to Ruby’s Hash Chapter 7: The Magic of Methods and Blocks Chapter 8: Everything Is an Object (Almost) Chapter 9: Inheriting the Magic of Ruby Chapter 10: A Horse of a Different Color Chapter 11: Second Time’s the Charm Chapter 12: Reading, Writing, and Ruby Magic Chapter 13: Follow the WEBrick Road Chapter 14: Where to Go Next Appendix A: Installing Ruby on Mac and Linux Appendix B: Troubleshooting Index