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Beginning Ruby: From Novice to Professional by Peter Cooper

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Chapter 14. Ruby and the Internet

In this chapter, we're going to look at how to use Ruby with the Internet and with the various services available on the Internet, from the Web to e-mail and file transfers.

The Internet has recently become an inescapable part of software development, and Ruby has a significant number of libraries available to deal with the plethora of Internet services available. In this chapter, we'll focus on a few of the more popular services: the Web, e-mail (POP3 and SMTP), and FTP, along with how to process the data we retrieve.

In Chapter 15, we'll look at how to develop actual server or daemon code using Ruby along with lower-level networking features, such as pinging, TCP/IP, and sockets. However, this chapter focuses ...

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