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Saturday, October 22, 2005

Finding Ruby

As mentioned in my previous post, this blog will record my progress of learning Ruby and Ruby On Rails. I remembering reading somewhere that to use Ruby On Rails, one needs to know the Ruby programming language.

I started off by making a search for "Ruby Quick Start" on the Google search engine. This returned me a list of around 15 sites but unluckily I could not find anything that could get me quickly started on Ruby. I then searched for "Ruby" and amongst the 1000's of listed sites, I chose Ruby: Programmer's Best Friend and Ruby Central. My main problem was to try and figure out the official Ruby site. Update: (31st Oct.) I finally realised that this is the Official Ruby Home Page.

Bruce's article mentioned that Ruby, is the hottest emerging dynamic language. That's fine, but then what's Ruby. I read what seemed to be the official definition of Ruby, but what I liked was when it said "Ruby puts the fun back into programming!"

I wanted to get started with Ruby programming and so clicked on Install Ruby under Windows - A single download that contains everything you need to run Ruby under various Windows operating systems. The version I installed was 1.8.2. Update: (19th Nov.) Ruby releases with even subversion numbers - 1.6, 1.8, and so on - are stable, public releases.

With Ruby installed, I was now ready to get my hands wet with Ruby.

Update (12th Nov. '05) I found an interesting article that talks amongst other things about What is Ruby - Ruby is a pure object-oriented programming language with a super clean syntax that makes programming elegant and fun. Ruby successfully combines Smalltalk's conceptual elegance, Python's ease of use and learning, and Perl's pragmatism. Ruby was created in 1993 by a Japanese, Yukihiro Matsumoto, a.k.a "Matz", and has started to become popular worldwide in the past few years as more English language books and documentation have become available.

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