I also recently learned Rails and Ruby. I’ll share my experience.
In the beginning I started with Windows. I never had extensive
with Linux. I used the Rails Installer and, generally speaking,
worked as expected. It was, however, painfully slow. I have a powerful
machine, which made no difference.
Using the generators, running tests, etc… generally speaking, most
that ran on the command line would do so at a slow speed. It’s
but it becomes quickly painful, especially if you plan to do test driven
If your environment is Windows, try it out and see how it feels. If it
starts to hurt, switch to Linux like I have.
Another advantage to using Linux besides speed is a decent terminal. The
windows one is awful. Console 2 goes some way to help, but still falls
short of what’s available on Linux.
I have been using http://www.railsinstaller.org/ to install all of the
necessary components on my Windows 7 machine. There are some minor
differences between developing on Windows, and Mac/Linux. For me the
biggest difference is the command line, and support for some gems.
Developing on Windows has come a long way in the past year, and I’m sure
will continue to improve.
Jeff, maybe some other folks have had better luck with windows, but I
did not. I switched to Fedora 16 on an old laptop and have been very
RVM is a Godsend. And I can tell you every rails person I know says
embrace the command line. Get Vim for an editor, etc.
Lynda.com has some a pretty good video series, but only through Rails
If you want to find out how to do cool things I would totally
recommend Ryan B. site: RailsCasts.com
But read some rails books or do the Lynda.com thing first, you will
get more out of it that way.
Lemme know if you need help with Fedora.
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