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Very disappointed in "Learning Ruby" book. I didn't learn much.

I invariably buy O'Reilly books first when i want to learn something new. This time, in the case of "Learning Ruby" by Michael Fitzgerald, I was dumbfounded and disappointed. I purchased "Ruby for Rails" by David A. Black, published by Manning, and, even though it has "Rails" in the title, which I wasn't quite interested in yet, I found it a much better tutorial for learning Ruby. Your book doesn't explain in enough depth, doesn't provide an easy way to find info on a topic in one place, and completely fails to teach Ruby. Let me know when it's been completely scrapped and re-done from the ground up to actually let readers Learn Ruby.
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  • Hello Tindrum,

    First off I want to say that I'm sorry that "Learning Ruby" didn't work for you. We have a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee, so please feel free to return the book. You can find return information at http://www.oreilly.com/oreilly/cs/gua... or you can contact our customer service folks via this page: http://www.oreilly.com/oreilly/cs/

    Fortunately we have other Ruby books, including several excellent titles from both O'Reilly and our partner publishers, such as The Pragmatic Programmers and No Starch. You can try the url below for search results for "Ruby," or search from the top right of any page on oreilly.com.

    http://search.atomz.com/search/?sp-q=...

    I hope you give us another chance, and thanks for taking the time to write.

    --Allen
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  • I think a better answer to this, at this point, given how Ruby has evolved and has grown, is to move forward with a newer, updated edition of the book. Let's get this rolling. Other publishers are updating their materials, why is Ora not bothering with this title?

    The biggest complaint I had with the 2007 book is the number of errors - I feel like it really needed better technical review.

    Can you please get an updated edition of this moving along? The demand seems reasonable to do so.
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  • Hello Forrest,

    Thanks for your interest in a second edition of Learning Ruby. Unfortunately I don't have a current release date for this title, and don't know if it will be produced.

    We do have an early release ebook available for the Ruby Cookbook, 2nd edition. More information on this ebook can be found here:

    http://shop.oreilly.com/product/06369...

    Have a great day!

    Best regards,
    Paul Fichera
    O'Reilly Media
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