Help?

I suspect this might be a painful question but as one who has never
programmed, I am hoping to attempt to teach myself how to do it. A
fool’s errand perhaps but one can always hope.

I was told by a programming friend of mine that Ruby on Rails is
probably the best thing to begin with…
I went to the site but I can see that is not nearly as simple as
simply downloading a software program, doing an install and following
a manual until it is “mastered.”

I know that no one can tell me what to do in an e-mail but is there
any way I might get a hint as to where and how to begin?

All the best,

[email protected]

The way I got started on it was I found something that I wanted to
program,
a blog. I’d already written it in PHP and I wanted to port it over to
Ruby
on Rails.

There’s a few handy tutorial sites out there, one that gets thrown
around a
bit is Ryan B.’ Railscasts: http://railscasts.com

As for a manual, you can go to http://noobkit.com and type in a method
or
class and you’ll get all the documentation on that item.

See if your programming friend can take some time off to teach you the
basics too.

On Jan 11, 2008 7:03 AM, Brooklynboy3 [email protected] wrote:

I know that no one can tell me what to do in an e-mail but is there
any way I might get a hint as to where and how to begin?

All the best,

[email protected]


Ryan B.
http://www.frozenplague.net
Feel free to add me to MSN and/or GTalk as this email.

On Jan 10, 2008, at 12:33 PM, Brooklynboy3 wrote:

I know that no one can tell me what to do in an e-mail but is there
any way I might get a hint as to where and how to begin?

All the best,

Can I recommend that you get Ruby installed
(http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/)?
If you are on a Mac, then it already is installed. If on a PC, use
the one-click installer at http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/downloads/. You
want Ruby 1.8.6 at this point, because 1.9 is still a development
release.

Once you have it installed, and this implies that you have first
figured out how to get a command line window going, get to your
command prompt and type:

irb

You should be met with a prompt something like:

That means irb is ready for you to use so you can interactively
experiment with Ruby. You’ll want to read the PickAxe
(http://whytheluckystiff.net/ruby/pickaxe/
). That will help you learn a bit more about programming with Ruby.

I truly believe that if you have never programmed, you should get a
bit of the programming_fu out of the way by learning to count to 10
and junk like that before you tackle database schema and connections,
templating languages, and so on.

If you have programmed and are just picking up something new, I
apologize for the simplistic approach recommended. Again, if you
haven’t programmed, then Ruby is not a bad place to start; you should,
however learn the language before attempting to use it in a larger
context.

Just my $.02

There is a wonderful book called “Learn to Program” by Chris P. that
gives
a newcomer a good introduction to programming, and it uses the Ruby
language. That’s a great place to start.

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