Programming Ruby is a book about the programming language by Dave Thomas and Andrew Hunt , authors of The Pragmatic Programmer . In the Ruby community, it is commonly known as “The PickAxe” because of the pickaxe on the cover. The book has helped Ruby to spread outside Japan. 
The first edition of this book is published under the Open Publication License v1.0, and was published by Addison-Wesley in 2001. The second edition, covering the features of Ruby 1.8, was published by The Pragmatic Programmers, LLC in 2004 .
An updated version (4th edition) covering Ruby 1.9 & 2.0 is available.
- Jump up^ Black, David. “David Black on the Success of Ruby” .