Marnen Laibow-Koser wrote in post #965219:
Peter Macgown wrote in post #965218:
I have three different PC’s running Windows (2 XP’s and 1 Vista) at
Those should be binary-compatible, then. (Why you’d torture yourself
with Windows is another question. ).
Unix is moot since it is not available to me.
Of course it’s available to you: you can always install a VM.
Unfortunately, this would complicate matters for me. Not only would I be
trying to teach myself Ruby, I would be futzing with a VM configuration
and I wouldn’t know what was wrong if it didn’t work.
not want to be limited to do development at a single location.
My use case is to capture sensor gestalt from an Arduino board and store
it in a database for later analysis.
I didn’t mean the nature of the application you’re developing; I mean
your use case – the reason that you want to have a flash drive to
carry with you with Ruby on it.
I want to carry a flash drive so I can do development in different
places without having to install Ruby on each of them.
The nature of the idea is not a guiding parameter. I am just trying to
see if I can do it in Ruby.
Do what in Ruby? Development off a Flash drive or Arduino data
It’s sort of a fake project and I was looking for an excuse to do it.
I’ve been playing with an Arduino board and thought that it would be
interesting if I could use Ruby to collect the data rather than C++, C#,
or another .net thing I have hanging around.
Using a flash drive solves one of the problems. I have an hour to spare
here and there at different locations and wanted to take advantage of
them without having to set up a development environment for each one of
The Rails part intrigues me since it can be
used for other languages besides Ruby.
What? Rails is built in Ruby. There’s no question of other languages.
Or do I misunderstand.
Nope. You get it. I show my ignorance here about Ruby and its
relationship with Rails, or Rails in general for that matter. There is,
however, a book out there that talks about developing Flash programs
using Rails and I was making an oblique referenct to this.
If this is not specifically a Rails development environment you’re
trying to set up, then you are likely to get better answers on the main
Perhaps so. However, one of the parameters for this project is to use
Rails. Not just Ruby. Two birds with one stone, so to speak.
The point, I guess, is to answer the question, “can it be done?”. If
yes, that’s great. If no, that’s great too. If the answer is no, then
the next step is to determine how to be as minimally invasive to the
desktop as possible to make it work.