Over the years I have taught myself to program in C, C++, and VB to build apps to run in WIndows, along with the scripting languages necessary to set up a website I have built websites using PHP, Ajax, and MySql but am just a hobbyist and my basic knowledge of how systems work is very patchy. I have limited experience of linux, enough to get me by with what I need to use SSH when necessary on my website's shared server. Now, for my sins, I am trying to learn RoR. I have no problem following the language tutorials but I am lost when it comes actually running a ruby app or script in windows (or anywhere else for that matter). I had been hoping to use RoR on my website. I can create a Rails framework on the server but decided I needed to learn more about Ruby before I did any more work there. I have installed the following: InstantRails Cygwin The Ruby directory has ruby.exe which opens a command line window and rubyw.exe which does nothing when I click it. I am using the Pragmatic Programmers Guide and Simply Rails2 by Patrick Lenz as my learning tools. I am wallowing about in irb and the Ruby console opened from the Rails control panel playing about with classes etc and learning the syntax of the language but achieving nothing else. The console seems to be a very limited playground when it comes to trying out things quickly. e.g. in irb I cannot paste anything into the console. Am I missing something here? When I learn a language I usually manage to cobble together a simple hello world type of executable app or script and build on my mistakes from there. but I cannot work out how to do this or get a ruby script running. Given time I guess i will work it out but woud be grateful if someone here could advise me what I should be doing next to master ruby and RoR. Thanks Reg
on 2009-04-13 08:01
on 2009-04-13 08:18
From: "Reg" <firstname.lastname@example.org> > > When I learn a language I usually manage to cobble together a simple > hello world type of executable app or script and build on my mistakes > from there. but I cannot work out how to do this or get a ruby script > running. I'm not trying to discourage you from learning Rails, but you may be interested to know there are equally powerful alternatives. Take a look at how simple it is to get a "Hello, World" app going in Ramaze: http://ramaze.net/learn/getting-started I realize this just boils down to personal preference, but I never liked the way Rails likes to generate a skeleton of dozens of files when beginning a new app. In contrast, frameworks like Ramaze let you start simple, and add complexity when you decide you need it. Regards, Bill
on 2009-04-13 08:41
2009/4/13 Bill K. <email@example.com>: > alternatives. > In contrast, frameworks like Ramaze let you start simple, > and add complexity when you decide you need it. > > > Regards, > > Bill > > > > This is going to sound silly but until I got into unit testing I could never really think about what _I_ wanted to do but had to think about __how__ to do it. Mike C. has writen an excellent guide to unit testing  and it's a bloody fast way to actually learn Ruby from the ground up. Before: /me: OK. I can use ri --this and ri --that but now I am ri Bored::shitless of all of this documentation. I want to start actually writing stuff but keep having to think about how it's done. after: /me: kapow! shazaam. Now I can test what I know. I'll see where my stuff goes wrong. Ah. So __that's__ how you use an array, huh? Take that! kaplow! So that's what you mean by regexp? So I think that I can get an IP address like this /\d+\d+\d+\d+/. and I can now test bits of my code whilst I am thinking about what I want to do. That make sense?  http://clarkware.com/cgi/blosxom/Ruby?_start=6 -- John M. 07739 171 531 MSc (DIC) Timezone: GMT
on 2009-04-13 10:05
On Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:17:25 -0500, Bill K. <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >alternatives. >In contrast, frameworks like Ramaze let you start simple, >and add complexity when you decide you need it. > > >Regards, > >Bill > > Thanks Bill - it's all grist to the mill
on 2009-04-13 10:45
On Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:40:08 -0500, john maclean <email@example.com> wrote: >writing stuff but keep having to think about how it's done. > > http://clarkware.com/cgi/blosxom/Ruby?_start=6 It makes sense and did not sound silly, but these further questions are going to sound silly and a bit pathetic too. I have been coddled too long in programming environments like Macromedia Dreamweaver and MS Visual Studio 1. Mike C. says " Now, let's run the test." What is he running it in? Is that the Ruby console? 2. Is there some way to write an app that will run as a windows graphical user interface? 3. I am currently using the ConText editor. Is there an equivalent of the MSVisualBasic IDE? 4. Should I be setting up a Ubuntu partition an learn Ruby in there? Thanks for your patience Reg
on 2009-04-13 10:47
On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 4:05 PM, Reg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > On Sun, 12 Apr 2009 23:17:25 -0500, Bill K. <email@example.com> wrote: > > > > > > > Thanks Bill - it's all grist to the mill > > What? You need to type your script up in a text editor, i hear notepad is great for a starter. Then you need to save the file, as for example hello.rb . Then you need to open up a terminal window and type 'ruby hello.rb'. Here is your hello world in ruby; puts 'Hello, World! God help us all!'
on 2009-04-13 10:53
On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 4:45 PM, Reg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > > > > MS Visual Studio > Reg > > Fair enough. I use netbeans with the ruby extensions, it is quite good for managing a project. There are many ways to do gui work, apparently shoes is a favorite but if you want a RAD you might be better off with gtk and glade as a platform. You don't need to run ubuntu, actually it would probably just confuse the issue for you since you have to learn a new environment to make it useful.
on 2009-04-13 11:08
2009/4/13 Dylan E. <email@example.com>: > You need to type your script up in a text editor, i hear notepad is great > users. Nobody ever uses it." - Andrew S. Tanenbaum > I wrote a simple code generator that would create a two files; a ruby template file and a test_the_script.rb to test the script in that file. Who cares what editor/IDE/OS I used? </insert your fave tool> works for you and </emacs, vim, Debian/> works for me [a] ;-). Point is that I wrote it in ruby and say `ruby generate_new_script.rb. to generate the two files. With unit testing in the file " test_generate_new_script.rb" I test the script "generate_new_script.rb", so that I can check that my thinking was right whilst I was writing the script. Also, my knowledge base grows at the rate that _I_ learn as I write more productive code. I hate notes, as they are easy to write. For me tests are a nice way of saying to myself "STFU and __code__! Stop collecting bookmarks, STFU and..." I would strongly suggest that you spend sometime with that url . You'll learn how __you__ learn Ruby. [a] Disclaimer: Works For Me Technolgy is copyright of Jayeola. Anything else that works is either completely beyond me or just pure luck. -- John M. 07739 171 531 MSc (DIC) Timezone: GMT
on 2009-04-13 14:25
On Mon, 13 Apr 2009 02:07:26 -0500, john maclean <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > >luck. Thanks you guys. Thus has all been a great help. I am getting on top of it now. Reg
on 2009-04-13 14:34
Reg wrote: > > > I am using the Pragmatic Programmers Guide and Simply Rails2 by > Patrick Lenz as my learning tools. > Rails isn't Ruby. I read the book "Agile Web D. with Rails" and it seemed quite neat. But not my cup of tea. If you're new to Ruby try something simpler like "Everyday Scripting with Ruby". To play with the language, use something like Scite.
on 2009-04-13 18:28
Dylan E. wrote: > You need to type your script up in a text editor, i hear > notepad is great for a starter. Then you need to save > the file, as for example hello.rb . > Then you need to open up a terminal window and type > 'ruby hello.rb'. > Here is your hello world in ruby; > puts 'Hello, World! God help us all!' You should make a directory on your disk for doing this, e.g., c:/ruby . Tell the text editor to save the script you write into that directory. When you open the terminal window, change to that directory -- cd c:/ruby . (I haven't used MS Windows for ten years, but I think that's right.) You can test Ruby code without using that Unit Test framework. Using one of the examples that was given for unit testing, write the following code into a file called "foo.rb" in the Ruby directory, and then type "ruby foo.rb" in the terminal window (without the quotes) after cd'ing to that directory: x = "Rick".index('t') puts x.class puts x The interpreter will print this: NilClass nil You've tested what happens when the "index" method is run on the string "Rick" (and requested the index of a character that isn't in the string). The result is assigned to a variable x. First it prints the class of the result, and then its value. If you change the 't' to 'c' in the code, it prints this: Fixnum 2 So the expression yields an integer whose value is the place of the character in the string. To me, this is simpler than creating a unit test for each little bit of code you want to play with, and you don't have to guess a value and put it into an "assert" statement. You simply print out the value produced by the code you're testing (which can be a single expression or a large program) and also print its class. If "puts" can't print out the value of some complex result object, at least you know the class of the result, and can try to find a way to print it out. You are using one of the simplest and most powerful debugging techniques -- putting print statements in your code! Of course in a larger body of code you can put multiple print statements to see what's going on. One more suggestion: if you put this line in a Ruby file: __END__ the interpreter will ignore everything that follows; won't even syntax check it. So if you want to test lots of pieces of code (which you will when learning Ruby), you can move the ones you've already tested to a place in the file after the __END__ line and save them there along with a copy of what they printed out (use the mouse to copy and paste it) and any comments you care to write. That way you don't have to make a separate file for each test.
on 2009-04-13 19:06
On Sun, Apr 12, 2009 at 9:00 PM, Reg <email@example.com> wrote: > I have no problem following the language tutorials but I am lost when > rubyw.exe which does nothing when I click it. Neither of those should normally be clicked (you could run ruby.exe and type code into the console window and then hit Ctrl-Z and it would run the code, but that's not really a good way to work!); they are the interpreter executables. They should be invoked with a command line that includes the script to execute (usually) along with other options, if needed. Whatever basic Ruby book you have should have a section on running Ruby (in Programming Ruby, its in Chapter 1, "Getting Started", under the heading "Running Ruby", which is on pp. 5-7 in the second edition.) > > Â I am using the Pragmatic Programmers Guide and Simply Rails2 by > Patrick Lenz as my learning tools. Which Pramatic Programmers book are you referring to? _Programming Ruby_ ("the Pickaxe") or _Agile Web D. with Rails_? The first is good for learning Ruby, the second is good for learning Rails but does very little to teach you how to use Ruby. It sounds like you need more on getting off the ground with Ruby (and maybe more on the Windows command-line environment, which unfortunately I can't give you any pointers on, being spoiled, in a sense, from being raised in the era of DOS when there wasn't a choice besides learning the command line. > > I am wallowing about in irb and the Ruby console opened from Â the > Rails control panel playing about with classes etc and learning the > syntax of the language but achieving nothing else. The console seems > to be a very limited playground when it comes to trying out things > quickly. e.g. in irb I cannot paste anything into the console. You can paste into irb the same way you paste into any console window in Windows, but note (that because Ctrl+<key> combinations have special meanings in the console), this isn't the same way you paste into other apps. And since the Windows Command Prompt window doesn't have a menu bar, you might not even no it had menu commands other than the normal window controls that are attached to the application icon, but it does; go to the "C:\" icon in the corner of the window, select Edit, and then Paste to paste material from the clipboard in to the console window. (Edit->Mark and then either Enter on the keyboard or Edit->Copy to copy from the console window.) > Â When I learn a language I usually manage to cobble together a simple > hello world type of executable app or script and build on my mistakes > from there. but I cannot work out how to do this or get a ruby script > running. Suppose your script is saved in c:\Documents and Settings\Me\My Documents\source\ruby\helloworld.rb Open a command prompt window. It should open with c:\Documents and Settings\Me as the default path (where "Me" is your username on your windows machine.) 1. At the prompt, type cd my documents\source\ruby 2. You should now be in the right directory, so type ruby helloworld.rb 3. Your script should run. As for some questions later in the thread: There are lots of libraries (and one custom Ruby distribution, Shoes) for GUI app development in Ruby, but you are probably best getting the hang of Ruby before jumping into GUI development (though if you want to dive headfirst into that pool, Shoes is probably the easiest place to start; see www.shoooes.net, and yes, all those o's are necessary.) For IDE support, there are both Netbeans and Eclipse Ruby plugins (Netbeans Ruby plugin is available as part of the distribution); and some standalone Ruby IDE efforts. I prefer Netbeans Ruby support personally,
on 2009-04-13 19:13
On Mon, Apr 13, 2009 at 9:30 AM, Reg <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > > I have installed the following: > InstantRails > Cygwin > > The Ruby directory has ruby.exe which opens a command line window and > rubyw.exe which does nothing when I click it. Cygwin might be installing its own ruby that shadows one from instantrails. One thing you could try doing is installing msys and using the msys prompt to run ruby stuff from, rather than the cygwin prompt. martin
on 2009-04-14 07:15
Thank you all for being so wonderfully helpful. I have learned something useful from each of your replies. Dejected no longer I am getting into simple projects using the NetBeans IDE. Ruby is indeed a great language. Reg