Updating The PickAxe Book with Noel Rappin

Noel Rappin is here to announce the beta release of the 5th edition of Programming Ruby, commonly known as "The PickAxe Book". Noel shares the history of the book, why he decided to update it for Ruby 3.2, what's inside the book, and when we can expect the final release.
The 1st edition of Programming Ruby, commonly known as "The PickAxe" book, came out in 2001. Now, in 2022, Noel Rappin is releasing the beta of the 5th edition, updated for Ruby 3.2. 

Why should you pick up the book? To get mind on how Ruby works, what makes it unique, and how Ruby developers think about Ruby.

These are some of the topics we cover:
  • How Noel decided the book was ready for early access 
  • Noel gives the history of the PickAxe book
  • Why Noel decided to update the book
  • What will be different in the 5th edition
  • What you need to know before reading the book
  • What's left to do before the final edition is ready
  • How long Noel has been working on the book
  • What the expected final release date is
  • What the hardest part of the project has been
  • How Noel recommends you read the book
  • How Rubyists of all levels will benefit from reading the book
  • Why you will benefit from reading the latest edition


Special thanks to Andy Croll for personally sponsoring this episode. Be sure to check out firstrubyfriend.org and onerubything.com for nice, free community resources for newer devs!


Creators and Guests

Andrew Mason
Andrew Mason
Senior Product Developer at Podia, co-host of the Remote Ruby podcast, and co-editor of the Ruby Radar newsletter
Julie J
Julie J
Software developer at Codecademy
Updating The PickAxe Book with Noel Rappin
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