I think you hit on the major weakness and greatness of Rails - Ruby.
Great in that it is an amazing language.
Weak in that, with scaffolding and generators, I feel most users,
including me, are weak on Ruby. Yea, I can do all the basics
(conditions, loops, etc) but I think a large segment of those trying
to use this list have never written a Module with Classes etc.
Agreed (mostly). I constantly counsel friends picking up RoR to start
small, and use the old
ruby script/generate scaffold person first_name:string last_name:string
then actually go look at all the generated code to understand HOW it
works - migrations, controllers, views, models, routes.
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of posts where it feels like attempted running
in rails when the person doesn’t seem to have tied their shoes yet…
(“I’ve never looked at routes.rb, but I want my sexy routes to look like
this, tell me how” or “I typed in exactly what you said and it didn’t
And a simple “I wanna do X. Please feed me code” doesn’t elicit much of
a response from me other than to point them to a simple Google search
they should have done BEFORE asking for assistance. Even if the answer
is on the first linked page, I want them to go perform a bit of due
And oftentimes, people are simply working in an area I don’t know much
about, so I won’t reply.
I don’t work on a Mac, so that whole family of configuration questions
is out, haven’t used Postgres or SQLite, so that eliminates another
batch. And I’m sure the same applies to lots of other folks. When you
look at it, there are far more questioners than answerers, this is
volunteered time, and we are in the middle of vacation season. Just the
nature of the beast.
Thanks for the reply. You are right in that I need to RTFB a little
more. I even dug out the ï¿½Poignant Guide to Rubyï¿½ and will try to
improve my understanding.
Always good to Read The Fine Manual…
Sometimes I check the forum just to read posts and replies, which can be