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Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.
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About Ruby

class HelloWorld
  def self.hello(name = 'World')
    "Hello, #{name}!"
  end
end

Ruby is a dynamic, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity. It has an elegant syntax that is natural to read and easy to write.

Ruby was created as a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.

He has often said that he is "trying to make Ruby natural, not simple," in a way that mirrors life.

Building on this, he adds: "Ruby is simple in appearance, but is very complex inside, just like our human body."

You can read more about the Ruby language on its site.

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I loved the Ruby track

I loved the Ruby track (it is the only one I have finished so far). Solving over 80 different problems seems one of the most exciting ways to learn a language one barely knows. Improving my own solutions for readability and beauty rather than just passing the tests and performance taught me a little about Ruby and programming in general. I also liked comparing my solution to other ones - I could see the problem from other points of view.

Relaxed. Encouraging. Supportive.

Meet the Ruby Track mentors

Once you join the Ruby language track, you will receive support and feedback from our team of mentors. Here are the bios of a few of the mentors of this track.

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Derk-Jan Karrenbeld https://github.com/SleeplessByte

When I started dabbling with programming in Ruby over 15 years ago, I did not expect it to pay my bills ánd make me happy!
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Hilary Holz https://github.com/hilary

25+ years experience as a software engineer, specializing in the web since NCSA HTTPd and Mosaic. Ruby has been my primary language for the past 7 years; it fills me with glee.
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Brandon A Welsh https://github.com/BrandonArmand

Lover of Open Source and Ruby! Reach out to me and get in touch with any questions or collaborations, I love to network and help.
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Artem https://github.com/wazzuper

Love Ruby language and want to help others in learning it.
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Stephan Kämper SeasideTesting

I test & write software, studied physics & worked in #oceanography. I love the #ocean & live close to it. Languages: English, German, Ruby
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Adam Buckland https://github.com/adambuckland

Full time backend engineer. Rubyist.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Ruby exercises

These are a few of the 93 exercises on the Ruby track. You can see all the exercises here.

Bob
easy
strings
conditionals
Grade School
medium
lists
sorting
structs
ETL
medium
loops
maps
transforming
Simple Cipher
easy
algorithms
cryptography
interfaces
strings
transforming
Change
medium
algorithms
arrays
loops
searching
Two Fer
easy
strings
conditionals
Passionate. Knowledgeable. Creative.

Meet the Ruby Track maintainers

The Ruby Maintainers are the brains behind the Ruby Track. They spend their spare time creating interesting and challenging exercises that we can all learn from. We are incredibly grateful for their hard work. Here are the bios of a few of the maintainers of this track.

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Maud de Vries

Ruby and Rails fan
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Hilary Holz

25+ years experience as a software engineer, specializing in the web since NCSA HTTPd and Mosaic. Ruby has been my primary language for the past 7 years; it fills me with glee.
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Pedro Gaspar

Ruby has been my go-to language for the past 6 years. I love how readable and intuitive it is. I'm thankful for the opportunity to help others on their journey in any way I can and I'm hoping to become a better mentor in the process :)

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