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Polished Ruby Programming

By : Jeremy Evans
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Book Image

Polished Ruby Programming

5 (1)
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)
Section 1: Fundamental Ruby Programming Principles
Section 2: Ruby Library Programming Principles
Section 3: Ruby Web Programming Principles

Chapter 6: Formatting Code for Easy Reading

How to format code can be a divisive topic, especially in a language designed for programmers' happiness. In this chapter, you'll learn about different mindsets for code formatting, the advantages of consistency, the disadvantages of arbitrary limits, and the trade-offs of code formatting enforcement. You'll also learn about Ruby's built-in code formatting checker.

We will cover the following topics in this chapter:

  • Recognizing different perspectives of code formatting
  • Learning how syntactic consistency affects maintainability
  • Understanding the consequences of using arbitrary limits
  • Checking basic code formatting with Ruby
  • Realizing the actual importance of code formatting

By the end of this chapter, you'll understand better whether to enforce code formatting when using Ruby, and how best to do so if you decide to.