Beginning Ruby

Hello Rubygroup,

Im quite new to Ruby (unexpected heh?) but is currently planning on
building a website community with it just in order to see how powerful
it accually can be. I usually use PHP when building webapplications but
since ruby works great for that too, I was curious and thus I have some
(yes, newbie-) questions. I have already Installed Ruby as a module for
apache, so that part works perfect, I’ve also read some of the
documents on http://www.ruby-lang.org

  1. How can I make sure the userinput only contains certain characters?
    Like if I only want my users to be able to give me [A-Za-z0-9], is
    regex the only alternative?

  2. Is there any builtin method for converting html-characters into safe
    input, like what htmlspecialchars in PHP does?

  3. Methods for SQL database storage?

  4. Anything else I should think about?

If not, wish me luck. =)

Thanks,
– phalcos

phalcos wrote:

  1. How can I make sure the userinput only contains certain characters?
    Like if I only want my users to be able to give me [A-Za-z0-9], is
    regex the only alternative?

  2. Is there any builtin method for converting html-characters into safe
    input, like what htmlspecialchars in PHP does?

  3. Methods for SQL database storage?

  4. Anything else I should think about?

You are encouraged to build your own Web tools; Ruby is quite good for
that. However, you may want to consider one of the existing Ruby Web
frameworks, such as IOWA, Nitro, Rails, Merb, Camping, or Cerise.

Each has a different opinion on Web development; perhaps one will suit
you.

If not, wish me luck. =)

Good luck!

Be sure to ask lots of questions here.


James B.

“A principle or axiom is of no value without the rules for applying it.”

  • Len Bullard

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