Last modified on 17 January 2011, at 14:31

Ruby Hacking Guide

The RHG is a book that explains how the ruby 1.7.x-1.8.x interpreter (the official C implementation of the Ruby language) works internally. The original book was based on the source code of ruby 1.7.3 so there are a few small differences to the current version of ruby. However, these differences may make the source code simpler to understand and the Ruby Hacking Guide is a good starting point before looking into the ruby source code. The version of the source code used can be downloaded here: http://i.loveruby.net/ja/rhg/ar/ruby-rhg.tar.gz.

This project is picking up from where Vincent Isambart and Clifford Escobar have left off [1], with the aim to translate the outstanding chapters to English to help Ruby hackers understand the internals of the MRI interpreter.

Note also the existence of this translation: http://hawthorne-press.com

Table of Contents

Part 1: Objects

Part 2: Syntax analysis

Part 3: Evaluation

Part 4: Around the evaluator