Beginner in Ruby

Hi all, my name is Thiago and I am completely new to Ruby. I’m having
OO class this semester and one of the languages we are using is Ruby.
For the final exam, we will have to build a software using OO concepts
and my group decided to do this task with Ruby. I’d like to know what
kind of software Ruby is best for and its limitations. I’m not asking
for ideas but for directions, so that we don’t waste our time trying
to do something too difficult or impossible.
Best regards.

On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 10:54 AM, thiagobrandam [email protected]
wrote:

Hi all, my name is Thiago and I am completely new to Ruby. I’m having
OO class this semester and one of the languages we are using is Ruby.
For the final exam, we will have to build a software using OO concepts
and my group decided to do this task with Ruby. I’d like to know what
kind of software Ruby is best for and its limitations. I’m not asking
for ideas but for directions, so that we don’t waste our time trying
to do something too difficult or impossible.

Look through http://rubyforge.org/ to get some idea of the things
people are doing with ruby. Also, why not run a few ideas by us and
we’ll let you know of any potential problems.

martin

thiagobrandam wrote:

Hi all, my name is Thiago and I am completely new to Ruby. I’m having
OO class this semester and one of the languages we are using is Ruby.
For the final exam, we will have to build a software using OO concepts
and my group decided to do this task with Ruby. I’d like to know what
kind of software Ruby is best for and its limitations. I’m not asking
for ideas but for directions, so that we don’t waste our time trying
to do something too difficult or impossible.
Best regards.

What are you interested in? Games, graphics, science, web stuff,
languages (natural or computer), …?

As long as you’re not doing real-time hardware control or operating
sytems, ruby can probably help you pursue any interest.

Hi guys. Thanks for helping me.
Martin, if you guys want to give us ideas, it would be really
appreciated.
I said I wasn’t asking for ideas because I did not want to pass the
wrong impression that I was
looking for an answer that only my group was supposed to answer. A
mentor for n00bs is always welcome though!
Do you have any idea? Keep in mind this is meant to be a free
software, OK?
Joel, we were thinking about doing something related to web stuff or
games, still not decided.
Todd, no it doesn’t. By the way, it would raise my grade really high
if I would write in more than one language! =)

Sorry about indentation and weird English.

On Tue, Sep 2, 2008 at 12:54 PM, thiagobrandam [email protected]
wrote:

Hi all, my name is Thiago and I am completely new to Ruby. I’m having
OO class this semester and one of the languages we are using is Ruby.
For the final exam, we will have to build a software using OO concepts
and my group decided to do this task with Ruby. I’d like to know what
kind of software Ruby is best for and its limitations. I’m not asking
for ideas but for directions, so that we don’t waste our time trying
to do something too difficult or impossible.
Best regards.

Does the project have to be entirely in one language?

2008/9/2 thiagobrandam [email protected]:

Todd, no it doesn’t. By the way, it would raise my grade really high
if I would write in more than one language! =)

Maybe you should try JRuby then.

http://jruby.codehaus.org/

And you can look for gems like profligacy.

Cheers,

Serabe

Serabe wrote:

2008/9/2 thiagobrandam [email protected]:

Todd, no it doesn’t. By the way, it would raise my grade really high
if I would write in more than one language! =)

Maybe you should try JRuby then.

http://jruby.codehaus.org/

And you can look for gems like profligacy.

If you want to so any serious JRuby GUI work, please look at Monkeybars.

It’s actively maintained and developed (I’m among the developers), and
intended for robust, testable, cross-platform desktop application
development

http://www.monkeybars.org


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thiagobrandam wrote:

Hi all, my name is Thiago and I am completely new to Ruby. I’m having
OO class this semester and one of the languages we are using is Ruby.
For the final exam, we will have to build a software using OO concepts
and my group decided to do this task with Ruby. I’d like to know what
kind of software Ruby is best for and its limitations. I’m not asking
for ideas but for directions, so that we don’t waste our time trying
to do something too difficult or impossible.

Easy: Ruby is a leader in two overlapping concepts - TDD and BDD. Look
up “Test
Driven Development” and “Behavior Driven Development”, then learn to use
RubyUnit and RSpec, respectively.

Write a simple app twice, each version using one or the other technique.
Target
a simple tool, such as a Virtual Pet, or the database layer of a blog
application.

Then compare and contrast the two DDs. How are they syntactically
different? How
are they semantically the same? What (if anything!) can you do with one
that you
can’t do with the other?

You should learn that TDD is “developer facing”, meaning developers are
more
comfortable looking at it than non-technical clients are. Done right,
BDD is
“customer facing”. Non-technical clients should be able to help express
their
requirements as literate tests, using it.

2008/9/2 James B. [email protected]:

If you want to so any serious JRuby GUI work, please look at Monkeybars.

It’s actively maintained and developed (I’m among the developers), and
intended for robust, testable, cross-platform desktop application
development

http://www.monkeybars.org

Thanks, I didn’t remember the name. It may sound strange, but it was the
truth.

Cheers,

Serabe

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