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Polished Ruby Programming

By : Jeremy Evans
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Book Image

Polished Ruby Programming

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By: Jeremy Evans

Overview of this book

Anyone striving to become an expert Ruby programmer needs to be able to write maintainable applications. Polished Ruby Programming will help you get better at designing scalable and robust Ruby programs, so that no matter how big the codebase grows, maintaining it will be a breeze. This book takes you on a journey through implementation approaches for many common programming situations, the trade-offs inherent in each approach, and why you may choose to use different approaches in different situations. You'll start by refreshing Ruby fundamentals, such as correctly using core classes, class and method design, variable usage, error handling, and code formatting. Then you'll move on to higher-level programming principles, such as library design, use of metaprogramming and domain-specific languages, and refactoring. Finally, you'll learn principles specific to web application development, such as how to choose a database and web framework, and how to use advanced security features. By the end of this Ruby programming book, you’ll be a well rounded web developer with a deep understanding of Ruby. While most code examples and principles discussed in the book apply to all Ruby versions, some examples and principles are specific to Ruby 3.0, the latest release at the time of publication.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
1
Section 1: Fundamental Ruby Programming Principles
8
Section 2: Ruby Library Programming Principles
17
Section 3: Ruby Web Programming Principles

Summary

In this chapter, you learned about many ways to implement security in your web application.

You learned that most of the vulnerabilities in Ruby web applications are high-level vulnerabilities, not low-level vulnerabilities. You learned that you should never trust user input and that you should use a whitelist approach instead of a blacklist approach when handling user input. You also learned how to implement access control at the highest level possible and use a fail-closed design to avoid security issues. Then, you learned techniques for avoiding script injections, SQL injections, and code injections. Finally, you learned about high-security environments and defense-in-depth techniques that make system compromise more difficult and mitigate possible damage in case it occurs.

With the knowledge you've gained in this chapter, you can design secure Ruby web applications.