If you are interested in Ruby, or already a Ruby programmer, you might be interested in a wee little precious gem called Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby, written by why the lucky stiff. It is not only a mindboggling trip into the depths of the language – it has cartoon foxes, it has a mad genius misunderstood by the world, why, it even comes with its own soundtrack!
Before going all the way and building my own hip holster, I needed to print the book and so, feeling uncomfortable with the HTML PDF version, I made a LaTeX-powered PDF out of it, and here it is: Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby (9.8 MiB). Update: Thanks to Alexandre Gravier who made a great contribution by improving the PDF in many ways. Alexandre also set up a GitHub repository.
For a comfortable always-carrying-the-book-around-everywhere-you-go experience, the PDF has a weird paper size of 6.8″ x 8.8″. Copy shops should be able able to cut 100+ pages to a custom size. Otherwise, feel free to scale the printout accordingly.
What’s not in the PDF:
The Tiger’s Vest expansion pack
- The sidebars, as I felt that they would disrupt the reading flow.