Topic: Ruby Cookbook
I just got my copy of Ruby Cookbook today. I was a little hesitant to buy it due to the lack of reviews, but I am pleasantly surprised. The first thing I thought when I got it is: "Wow, this book is huge!"
It has over 800 pages full of Ruby recipes and seems to cover almost everything. It even has a section on Ruby on Rails (although I don't think that's it's strong point). Because this book is so complete, it can act as a reference manual to Ruby and is a great companion to the rdocs. It also covers a lot of external libraries (such as using the "shipping" gem to determine the cost of shipping a package through UPS or FedEx).
I haven't had much time to read it yet, but what I have read has been excellent. I've already learned several things, and I look forward to reading more. Wether you are beginner or advance, I think you'll benefit from this book.
I wasn't sure if this forum is an appropriate place to put a review for this book, especially because it's not targeted toward rails. But, most Railers are new to Ruby, and I think this book will help them immensely.