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Ruby Programming for the Absolute Beginner by Jerry Lee Ford

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Introduction

Welcome to Ruby Programming for the Absolute Beginner. Ruby is an object-oriented interpreted scripting language. It is object oriented in that Ruby views everything that it sees and interacts with as an object. This sets Ruby apart from most other scripting languages. Ruby is also interpreted, which means that Ruby scripts are compiled and executed by an interpreter at runtime. This allows you to make changes to your Ruby scripts, and immediately run them to see how things work without having to go through an extensive compilation process like so many other programming languages require.

Ruby is also a cross-platform programming language, meaning that you can develop and execute Ruby scripts that can run on Windows, Mac OS X, UNIX, ...

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