How much Ruby?

I bought the pickaxe about 1 1/2 months ago, and I have been reading through
it and learning Ruby in my spare time. I’m about 200 pages into it, and I’m
starting to think I don’t need to know all of the in’s and out’s of Ruby to
get a good hang on Rails.

How much Ruby do I really need to be proficient in Rails? Ruby is a great
language, I love it, but I don’t see myself ever using it outside of Rails.

Thanks a lot,

The first chapter of my upcoming book is available for free at

It’s specifically targeted at getting you going on Rails with more
than a few pages (it’s ~60 pages) but without overwhelming you with
500+ pages.