I just spent a couple of hours installing Watir and thought I would pass
along my experience in case the very talented developers want to make it
easier for others in the future. The problem was not with the gem, it
with the environment.
First, the gem command can’t seem to get through the proxy. I’m not
(really, really not) a Windows person, so I wasn’t sure how to fix this.
I tried a couple of things I found online, like setting HTTP_PROXY, but
success. The Cygwin installer seems to be able to figure out the proxy
settings, that would be a really useful addition to gem.
Second, there are lots of Cygwin packages needed by the various gems to
allow them to build. Figuring them out was a bit aof a challenge in a
couple of cases, some of the error messages are obscure.
I wound up iterating on downloading gems to install locally and
Cygwin packages about a dozen times.
Suggestions on how to figure out the proxy setup on this Windows box and
how to get gem to understand it would be welcome.
All of this is because I need to automate data collection from a website
Net::HTTP and worked just fine on a Linux VM, but didn’t collect one bit
of information I needed.
It’s not what I know that counts.
It’s what I can remember in time to use.