Sadly I didn't get the job I was learning it for, but instead refired my enthusiasm for learning programming languages. So, I've acquired Learning Perl and when that is done I'll be trying my hand at Ruby, just like the cool kids use.
I wrote me a wee program in Python that analyzes the text file of my 2001 novel Shag Times and comes up with various statistics for it.
I plan to re-write the same program in Perl as soon as I've finished reading Learning Perl, and then write the same program again in Ruby if that's even possible.
### Program to do the following ### * open shagtimes.txt ### * provide a word count ### * count unique words ### * provide top ten most popular words ### * provide all single occurance words ### * calculate average word length ### * find longest word import textwrap # Opening Shag Times and processing it a bit book = open('shagtimes.txt') book = book.read() book = book.lower() ### Code to remove punctuation stuff_to_replace_with_space = (".", ",", "?", "/", "=", "-", ";", ":") stuff_to_remove = ("\'", "(", ")", "\"") for item in stuff_to_replace_with_space: book = book.replace(item, " ") for item in stuff_to_remove: book = book.replace(item, "") print "=======================================" # Doing the word count book = book.split() wordcount = len(book) print "The document contains %i words in total" % wordcount print "=======================================" # Doing the unique count uniques =  for item in book: if item not in uniques: uniques.append(item) uniquecount = len(uniques) print "The document contains %i unique words" % uniquecount print "=======================================" uniques.sort() # Finding top ten popular words print "The top ten most used words:-" occurancelist =  for item in uniques: occurances = book.count(item) occurancelist.append((occurances, item)) occurancelist.sort() occurancelist.reverse() for item in occurancelist[:10]: print item print "=======================================" # Finding single use words print "Words that were used only once:-" singleuse =  singleusecount = 0 for item in occurancelist: c, w = item if c == 1: singleuse.append(w) singleusecount+=1 singles = "" while singleuse: for item in singleuse: singles = singles + (singleuse.pop()) + ", " singles = textwrap.wrap(singles, width=70) for i in singles: print i print "=======================================" print "A total of %i words were used only once" % singleusecount print "=======================================" # Finding average word length chartotal = 0.000 for item in book: chartotal = chartotal + len(item) avechar = chartotal/wordcount print "The average word length was %.3f letters long" % avechar print "=======================================" # Finding longest word longlength = 0 for item in uniques: if len(item) > longlength: longlength = len(item) print "The longest word was %i letters long" % longlength print "These words were that long:-" for item in uniques: if len(item) == longlength: print item print "======================================="
Can someone recommend me a good book for learning to program in Ruby?