""Wicked Cool Ruby Scripts", by Steve Pugh, is a wicked cool
book for noob-and-up Ruby users. Ruby is a modern, elegant
interpreted programming language. This means you don't need to
compile your Ruby programs, but simply write and run them, just
like you do with Bash, Python, or Perl scripts.
"This book is not for the complete Ruby novice, so beginners
will want to start with some of the many excellent Ruby tutorials
or books; Squidoo.com has a good selection to choose from. You
don't need to be a pro, but you should have a good grasp of Ruby
basics to be able to follow and run the scripts in the book."