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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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Eumir Gaspar https://github.com/corroded

I love Ruby and am very passionate about it. I have used Ruby (and Rails) professionally since 2009 and have maintained the RubyConf Philippines site as a volunteer since 2014.
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Takuya Kodama GitHub

I want to work as a ruby developer because Ruby taught me how intersting programing is. I started to study Ruby 6 months ago but I've learned a lot of things from mentor and exercise in Exercism. I want to be like them to support people like me
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Sam Minns https://github.com/SamuSan

I'm mostly a Rubyist though I mess with JavaScript when necessary and have a secret love for Haskell. Giving back to the community is something dear to my heart, hence becoming a Ruby track mentor while learning some other bits!
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Andrea Wayte https://github.com/andreasandpiper

Science teacher turned software engineer. Currently working as a Ruby and Javascript developer. I enjoy working with others to create elegant code.
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Percy Grunwald

Learning Ruby was the turning point for me as a developer. Not only is Ruby a beautiful and extremely productive language, but I can say with certainty that if you are a beginner or intermediate developer that learning Ruby will significantly improve your code and workflow in all languages.
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Donato Azevedo https://github.com/donatoaz

Ruby caught my attention due to its idiomatic constructs and powerful metaprogramming capabilities. I've been working with ruby for half a decade and am trully in love with how elegant the code is. I would very much like to evangelize and enfuse in others this passion for ruby.
Fun. Challenging. Interesting

Community-sourced Ruby exercises

These are a few of the 98 exercises on the Ruby track. You can see all the exercises here.

Dominoes
medium
algorithms
arrays
searching
Bowling
medium
algorithms
arrays
conditionals
Simple Cipher
easy
algorithms
cryptography
interfaces
strings
transforming
ISBN Verifier
easy
arrays
OCR Numbers
medium
parsing
pattern recognition
Custom Set
medium
filtering
loops
sets
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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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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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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