I aspire to being a Ruby & coding Jedi like James B. character. In
reality I am more like one of the extras in Austin Powers when it
comes to programing. I think it is important that before I continue I
emphasize exactly how unskilled I am in this area.
I spent a semester coding basic PASCAL in 1997. Around 1992 I could
kind of make the most basic of basic programs using DOS Basic.
Last week I decided that I wanted to build stuff and do it with code.
So I decided to spend the weekend learning. I chose Ruby, downloaded
_why’s book, watched a few videos on youtube, went through some on
line samples and wrote a simple gambling program where you bet, roll a
die against the computer and the higher die wins. And I have written
most of a rock, paper, scissors, lizard, spock program Not brilliant
but as it is the first code I’ve written in 15 years in a language I
didn’t existed till last week I feel I am making good progress. I
intend to spend my dubious free time during the week working on
manipulating files and playing with some more functions. Now knowing
full well I have a long way to go in Ruby I’ve decided to jump head
first into Ruby on Reals which is where my real interest lies. And
here is where I am running into a problem.
I have very limited background in computers and most of the
documentation around rails, which I am sure is well written, reads to
me like gibberish. Not just gibberish mind you but the gibberish of
one of thise dying paleontoligical tribes in the Indian ocean whose
language has never been translated. So, my very basic and simple
question is where do I start? Is there a simple resource that will
walk me through my first couple of programs and give me an idea of
what comes next. Remember all I know about SQL is it exists, I have no
idea of how the parts move and am eager and committed to learning &
contributing back, just no idea where to start.
I am sure there have been similar posts before but I have searched for
a number of hours without finding even the beginings of a study
outline that I think would give me the push I need.